Con Edison Media Relations
July 18, 2012
CON EDISON CREWS RESTORE 12,500 AFTER STORM & HEAT OUTAGES
Voltage Reduced in Some Brooklyn Neighborhoods But Air Conditioning Use OK
NEW YORK – Con Edison has restored more than 85 percent of customers who lost power during this afternoon's heat and passing thunderstorms. Nearly 12,500 of 14,300 affected customers have their electricity back as of 9:30 p.m. About 1,800 remain to be restored.
Con Edison's 3.2 million customers in New York City and Westchester also set a record for the second consecutive day for 2012 peak electricity demand, topping out at 12,836 MW at 1 p.m. today.
To combat the heat and repair electrical equipment, Con Edison also reduced voltage by 5 percent in some Brooklyn neighborhoods, though the company mentioned customers can still use air conditioning and other appliances. The voltage-reduction areas include Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach.
Nevertheless, while not asking customers to take any special measures, Con Edison is emphasizing using energy wisely as the hot weather continues, urging customers to turn off lights and air conditioners in areas or rooms not being used.
Customers can report power interruptions or service problems, view service restoration information and the outage map online at www.conEd.com, as well as on their mobile devices. They also may call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties. When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.
The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services.