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Con Edison Media Relations
June 20, 2012
4:30 p.m.

CON EDISON REDUCES VOLTAGE IN CERTAIN BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS, ASKS CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE POWER

NEW YORK –Con Edison has reduced voltage by 5 percent to some neighborhoods in Brooklyn due to problems on electrical equipment.

The voltage-reduction areas include these neighborhoods: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Park Slope; Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace; Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush, and East Flatbush; Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

The voltage reduction was done as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews work to repair the problems.

The voltage reduction had to be implemented in neighborhoods served by two Con Edison substations; however the equipment problems are concentrated in two areas. One area is bounded by Newtown Creek to the north, Pacific Street to the south, Graham Street to the east, and the East River to the west. The second area is bounded by 18th Avenue and Ditmas Avenue to the north, Shore Boulevard and Shore Parkway to the south, Flatbush Avenue to the east, and East 15th and 16th Streets to the west.

While crews are making repairs, Con Edison is asking customers in those two areas to conserve electricity and turn off nonessential electric equipment, such as TVs, computers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and microwaves.  They can keep refrigerators on, but are asked to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to help save energy.

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 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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