Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 26, 2005
CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN NORTH BROOKLYN TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY
NEW YORK - Con Edison has reduced voltage by up to 8 percent in the Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ft. Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods in Brooklyn until problems on electrical feeder cables can be resolved. The affected area, which serves about 81,000 customers, is bounded by the East River on the west, Graham and Throop Avenues on the east, Newtown Creek on the north, and Pacific and Fulton Streets on the south. Company crews are in the area working to correct the problem.
An 8 percent voltage reduction should have no impact on customers' electrical equipment. The company is urging all customers in these areas, however, to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed. Although no customers have lost power, conservation will help reduce the electric load in these neighborhoods.
The feeder cable problems in this area have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. Con Edison will provide updates as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.