Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2011
CON EDISON UPDATE:
CREWS WORKING TO RESTORE CUSTOMERS
NEW YORK – Con Edison crews have been working aggressively around the clock, restoring service to over 55,700 of 65,700 customers who have lost power during the three-day heat wave. As of noon today, slightly less than 10,000 of Con Edison’s 3.2 million customers were without power as restoration efforts continued.
The company is continuing its calls for all customers to conserve and use energy wisely during the heat wave. The company suggests turning off lights and air conditioners in rooms that are not being used, and also taking extra steps to conserve wherever possible. Storeowners should keep their front doors closed if they are using air conditioning.
As part of its effort to avoid outages, Con Edison also has reduced voltage to some customers in New York City and Westchester County due to problems on electrical equipment serving certain areas.
Voltage has been reduced in the following neighborhoods:
- In Staten Island: New Brighton, St. George, Tompkinsville, Brighton Heights, Ward Hill, Stapleton, Grymes Hill, Clifton, Silver Lake, Rosebank, Ft. Wadsworth, Grasmere, Concord, Arrochar, South Beach, Ocean Breeze, Midland Beach, Grant City, New Dorp, and Dongan Hills.
- In Brooklyn and Queens: Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush and East Flatbush, Williamsburg, Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick. Ocean Hill, Brownsville, Flatbush, and Prospect Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Oakland Gardens, Hollis Hills, Hillcrest, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, and Kew Gardens Hills.
- In Manhattan, Central and East Harlem.
- In Westchester County: parts of Yonkers, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson and Greenburgh. Also Peekskill, Buchanan, Verplank, Croton-on-Hudson, Cortlandt, and parts of Ossining, Yorktown, and Briarcliff Manor. Also Mt. Vernon, parts of Bronxville, New Rochelle, North Pelham, Pelham, and Pelham Manor.
The voltage reductions were done as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews work to repair the problems. Con Edison is asking customers in those areas 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.
There are more energy-savings tips available on Facebook at Power of Green, on Twitter @ConEdLiz and @ConEdSara and by downloading the company’s Power of Green iPhone app.
Con Edison continues to offer a host of energy-savings programs for homes and businesses. Customers can take steps to reduce energy usage this summer with rebates and incentives now available for energy-efficient appliances and cooling systems in their homes and businesses. To learn more or enroll, go to www.coned.com/energyefficiency or call 1-877-870-6118.