Con Edison Asks Customers In Some Queens Neighborhoods To Conserve Energy

Con Edison is asking customers in nine neighborhoods in Queens to conserve energy while company crews work to repair equipment problems. Con Edison has also reduced voltage by 5 percent in those neighborhoods as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as repairs are made.

The area includes these neighborhoods: Corona, Elmhurst, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Oakland Gardens, Hollis Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok and Hillcrest. The area is bounded by the Long Island Expressway on the north, the Grand Central Parkway on the south, the Cross Island Parkway on the east and Queens Boulevard on the west.

Company crews are working to repair the problems. Con Edison has asked customers in these areas not to use energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, microwaves and, if not needed for health or medical reasons, air conditioners, until the equipment problems are resolved.

The voltage reduction also includes East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, but Con Edison is not issuing a special appeal to customers in those neighborhoods to conserve.

Earlier this afternoon, Con Edison also asked customers in certain Staten Island neighborhoods to conserve energy and reduced voltage by 5 percent in those neighborhoods.

One affected area on Staten Island includes West Brighton, Livingston, Port Richmond, Castleton Corners, Sunnyside, Mariners Harbor, Arlington, Bloomfield, Chelsea, Travis, Great Kills and Richmond Valley.

Another affected area on Staten Island includes 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.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 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.

Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

Also, download Con Edison’s new free iPhone and Android app, My conEdison, to report and check the status of a power problem, and view the company’s interactive online outage map.

Customers can follow Con Edison on Twitter or like us on Facebook for general outage updates, safety tips and storm preparation information.

The equipment problems in these 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. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.