Con Edison Media Relations
June 20, 2012
CON EDISON REDUCES VOLTAGE IN SOME QUEENS NEIGHBORHOODS, ASKS CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE POWER
NEW YORK – Con Edison has reduced voltage to some neighborhoods in Queens due to problems on electrical equipment.
The voltage-reduction areas include these neighborhoods: Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose, Queens Village, Bellaire, Holliswood, Hollis, St. Albans, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Jamaica, South Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Glendale, Forrest Hills, Forrest Hills Garden, and Middle Village.
The voltage reduction was done as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews work to repair the problems.
The first area is bounded by Grand Central Parkway to the north, Jamaica Bay to the south, Nassau County to the east, and Queens Boulevard/Van Wyck Expressway to the west. The second area is bounded by Brooklyn-Queens Expressway/51st Avenue to the north, Jackie Robinson Parkway to the south, Queens Boulevard to the east, and Brooklyn Borough line 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.