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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: August 8, 2007
2:00 p.m.

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN NORTHWEST BROOKLYN TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

NEW YORK - Con Edison is urging all customers in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, and Bedford Stuyvesant, west of Throop Avenue, to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances, especially air conditioners, until electrical cables can be repaired. The utility is experiencing difficulties in this area and customer cooperation will help ensure uninterrupted electric service.

The affected area includes approximately 87,000 customers, and is bounded by Newtown Creek on the north, Pacific and Fulton Streets on the south, Graham and Throop Avenues on the east, and the East River on the west.

As a precaution, Con Edison has implemented a voltage reduction in the areas of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, and Bedford Stuyvesant, as well as Prospect Heights and Park Slope.

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

In case of power problems, customers are urged to call 1-800-75-CONED promptly, or contact the company on its Web site at www.conEd.com.

The equipment problems in Northwest Brooklyn have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. Con Edison will  provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

 

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