Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 22, 2011
CON EDISON REDUCES VOLTAGE IN FIVE
NEIGHBORHOODS IN QUEENS AND BROOKLYN
NEW YORK – Con Edison has reduced voltage to five neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn due to problems on electrical equipment serving those areas.
The affected area includes approximately 121,000 customers and is bounded by the Jackie Robinson Parkway on the north, Jamaica Bay on the south, Alabama and Louisiana avenues on the west and the Van Wyck Expressway on the east. It covers the neighborhoods of East New York, Cypress Hills, Highland Park, City Line and Richmond Hill.
The voltage reduction was done as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews work to repair the problem. Con Edison is asking customers in the area not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the equipment problems are resolved.
Customers can 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. Customers may also call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
The equipment problems in the 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.