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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Michael Clendenin
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2001

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN ITS FLUSHING NETWORK TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

Con Edison is urging all customers in its Flushing network to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on electrical feeder cables can be resolved. The utility is experiencing difficulties in this area and customer cooperation will help ensure uninterrupted electric service.

The Flushing network, which serves nearly 55,000 customers, is bounded by Grand Central Parkway, East River, the Long Island Expressway, Nassau County line and the Cross Island Parkway.

Company crews are working now to rectify the problem. Con Edison has asked customers in the affected areas not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the feeder cable problems are resolved.

The feeder cable problems in the Flushing network have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.



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