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Con Edison Media Relations
Richard D. Mulieri, Director
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: July 16, 1997

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN FLUSHING
AND RICHMOND HILL TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY TODAY

In order to avoid service interruptions, Con Edison today urged customers in its Flushing and Richmond Hill networks to reduce their use of electricity to every extent possible until electrical feeder cable problems in these areas can be repaired. With four feeders out of service in the Richmond Hill network and three out in Flushing, today's expected record-setting demand could cause overloads unless customers reduce their consumption of electricity.

The Flushing network is bounded by the East River on the north, the Long Island Expressway on the south, the Nassau County line on the east and the Grand Central Parkway on the west. The Richmond Hill network is bounded by the Jackie Robinson Parkway on the north, Jamaica Bay on the south, the Van Wyck Expressway on the east and Alabama Avenue in Brooklyn on the west.

Con Edison is asking those who live and work in these areas to turn off all unnecessary lights and to avoid using appliances such as air conditioners, washers, dryers and dishwashers. The utility also reduced voltage in the Richmond Hill area by eight percent to help relieve the electrical load. It could take this step in the Flushing area later, if necessary. Nearly 170,000 customers are served by the Flushing and Richmond Hill networks.

Yesterday, Con Edison set an electric demand record of 11,013 megawatts between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. The old record of 10,805 megawatts was set on August 2, 1995. The utility says today's demand could exceed yesterday's record and could not rule out electrical feeder cable failures in other parts of New York City and Westchester County. Updates on the situation will be provided to the public directly and through the news media as the day progresses.




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