From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Message From Con Ed

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN GREENPOINT, WILLIAMSBURG, FORT GREENE, CLINTON HILL & BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

NEW YORK – Con Edison is urging all customers in the neighborhoods of Greepoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on the area electrical cables can be resolved.

There are no outages in the area at this time and this conservation request is precautionary designed to take pressure off the electrical system in these neighborhoods, while crews are repairing equipment.

The affected area includes approximately 90,000 customers, and is bounded by Newtown Creek on the north, Graham and Throop Avenues on the east, Fulton and Pacific Streets on the south, and the East River on the west.

Company crews are working to repair the problem.  Con Edison has asked customers in these neighborhoods not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the cable equipment problems are resolved.

The cable equipment problems in the above mentioned 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.

Con Edison urges customers to call 1-800-75-CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.  Customers can also 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.

A number of people have brought this missive to my attention. Among them is a woman named Donna who writes:

Have you received a message from Con Ed about difficulties with the power in our area?… It says due to unusually high consumption shut off all non essential items, including Air Conditioners!!!….(and computers!!)

My lights are all very dim and my fan is barely working. ( the AC just stopped, I thought it broke)… This happened last summer. My sister said she read somewhere that the population of Greenpoint has increased somewhere in the 22,000 people range or some other riduculously large number. Why do they keep cramming more people here and completely ignoring the infrastructure…. The entire Eastern grid going down during the last blackout should have opened up a few eyes don’t you think??…. Not to mention when it rains heavily, the shit tits can’t process all the overflow…. And don’t get me started on the reduced public transportation. More people than ever here and less / shorter trains , reduced service and some lines cut out completely!!!!! . New York City is really falling apart….
But, they just keep building luxury condos!!! …. AAAAAARGH!!
Donna has a point. I had never thought about it before but the areas effected ARE where a lot of high density developments have been built.  Not only has the lack of proper preparation created nightmarish commutes in he communities in question but it may very be pushing our electrical grid to brink as well. This is municipal planning at its very finest folks. Or will at least give someone who paid $500,000 – $1,000,000 for a condo something to think about if/when there’s a black out.
Miss Heather

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2 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Message From Con Ed

  1. feinsodville on Tue, 29th Jun 2010 12:00 pm
  2. This isn’t really realistic on Con Ed’s part. It’s been in the 90s for the past two or three days. Granted, I’m not in the immediately affected area, but it’s pretty hard to live without A/C in this weather. Especially for people who are old or infirm.

    But I was just predicting to somebody yesterday that there’s going to be another blackout sometime this summer. If it’s this hot before the 4th of July, I’d say it’s highly likely.

  3. OldStyleNo10 on Tue, 29th Jun 2010 1:29 pm
  4. Last Sunday, I was walking past the Viridian and heard a few of the residents talking to one of the building staffers. He (the staffer) told them that they had gotten the air conditioning back, but the elevator was still out. I wonder if this had anything to do with power cutbacks that those of us without central air and elevators would not have noticed.

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