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For Immediate Release: June 28, 2010
8:00 p.m.

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

NEW YORK — Con Edison is urging all customers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on the area electrical cables can be resolved. 

There are no outages in the area at this time and this conservation request is precautionary, designed to take pressure off the electrical system in these neighborhoods while crews are repairing equipment.

The affected area includes approximately 78,000 customers, and is bounded by 111th Street on the north, Central Park West on the east, 71st Street on the south, and the Hudson River on the west.

Company crews are working to repair the problem.  Con Edison has asked customers in these neighborhoods 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 cable equipment problems are resolved.

The cable equipment problems in the above-mentioned neighborhoods 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.

Con Edison urges customers to call 1-800-75-CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.  Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems, as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com, and on their cell phones and PDAs.

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