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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 27, 2005

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN HARLEM TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

NEW YORK - Con Edison is asking customers in Harlem to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment as a precaution until problems on electrical feeder cables supplying power to this area can be resolved. Although no customers have lost power, conservation will help reduce the electric load. The affected area, with about 85,000 customers, is bounded by 163rd Street on the north, 110th Street on the south, the Harlem River on the east, and Hudson River on the west. Company crews are in the area working to correct the problem.

As an additional preventative measure, the company has reduced voltage to that area by eight percent. An eight percent voltage reduction should have no impact on customers' electrical equipment. The company is urging all customers in the area, 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.

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.




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