Con Ed implements brownout in Brooklyn due to heat

Wed Aug 8, 2007 2:27PM EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consolidated Edison Inc. implemented a voltage reduction or brownout Wednesday in northwest Brooklyn, New York as heavy demand due to excessive heat and humidity strained the power system.

In a release, the company urged all customers in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant west of Throop Avenue to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances, especially air conditioners, until workers repair electrical cables.

The affected area includes about 87,000 customers, Con Edison said.

The company said it implemented the voltage reduction as a precaution.


Con Ed said the equipment problems in Brooklyn had no effect on the rest of its system in New York City and Westchester County.

Con Edison owns and operates power plants, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity, natural gas and steam to more than 3.2 million customers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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