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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2011
9:40 p.m.

Heat Update

CON EDISON CREWS WORKING THROUGH THE NIGHT
TO RESTORE POWER

All-time Electric Usage for Saturday

NEW YORK – Con Edison crews will work through the night to restore power to approximately 7,700 customers affected by the brutal, three-day heat wave. The company has already restored power to 73,500 of the 81,200 customers who lost service since Thursday. 

The company also posted a new peak electric usage record for a Saturday. Today’s peak reached 11,533 megawatts (MW) at 3 p.m., breaking the previous weekend mark of 11,209 MW set on Saturday, July 24, 2010.

While Con Edison crews restore electrical power to customers affected by scattered outages, the company tomorrow will resume distributing dry ice to customers from two well-known locations near the most affected areas in Brooklyn and Queens:

  • Sheepshead Bay High School, at 3000 Avenue X in Brooklyn and,
  • Richmond Hill High School, at 89-30 114th Street in Queens.

Customer Service vans were staffed at these locations today, and will return tomorrow at  9 a.m.  For residents picking up dry ice, instructions for safe handling and disposal are printed on the paper bag containing the ice. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Keep children and pets safely away.

As part of its effort to avoid outages, Con Edison 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 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.
  • A portion of the northeast Bronx.

The voltage reductions were done to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews 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.

The company continues to urge customers to use energy wisely. Con Edison has additional crews and support personnel from upstate New York assisting in the restoration efforts.

Con Edison reminds customers to report power interruptions or service problems online at www.conEd.com, and on their cell phones and PDAs. They also may call 1-800-75CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.

Customers can save energy and money by taking simple steps, including:

  • Making sure air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency.
  • Setting thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent.
  • Closing off the rooms not being used if you have a room air-conditioner. If you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms.
  • Turning off lights and other appliances, using a timer to turn them on as necessary.
  • Running appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler. Another alternative: Using a microwave to cook, or a barbecue outside, if possible.
  • CLOSING THE DOOR. Don’t let your air conditioning fly out the door. Storeowners who leave doors open with the A/C running could be subject to fines from the city.
Taking Con Edison’s offer of a free programmable thermostat if you have central air conditioning. Program the thermostat manually or from the Internet. Turning off your air conditioner when you’re not there beats leaving it on all the time. Programming it to turn on before you return is a wise way to save on summer electric bills. To learn more about Con Edison’s free programmable thermostat, call 1-866-521-8600 or visit www.conEd.com/cool .

 

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