News Release: CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE ENERGY DURING RESTORATION EFFORTS
Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: September 17, 2001
CON EDISON RESTORES POWER TO FULTON NETWORK IN LOWER MANHATTAN
Customers Requested To Limit Their Use Of Power
NEW YORK – Con Edison’s effort to return power to lower Manhattan took another significant step today at 3:35 a.m. when the company restored power to the majority of its Fulton network, one of several networks that have been shut down since Tuesday’s terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. But the company is urging any residences and businesses whose power has been restored to minimize their use of electricity while work continues in the area. Street lights are on.
This part of the restoration is the first phase of ongoing work to restore the entire Fulton network. This work will continue for several days, and it is imperative that customers restrict their energy use during this period.
Service in the Fulton network has been restored to an area bounded by Dover Street on the north; Wall Street on the south; the East River on the east; and William Street on the west.
More than 1,900 Con Edison workers are laboring around the clock to restore power in lower Manhattan and thousands more are working behind the scenes. More than 26 miles of high-voltage cable have been stretched through the streets and trenches are being dug to accommodate the wires. Since the attack, more than 5,000 electric customers have had their power restored.
The company has cut away damaged electric cables buried beneath debris-clogged streets. Transmission lines from the two substations that were totally destroyed by the collapse of the building at 7 World Trade Center are being cut and isolated from the transmission system.