Fortifying the Future in Westchester
Con Edison Using Smart Grid Technology, Tougher Equipment to Reduce
Outages & Speed Restorations
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 06/14/13 -- Con Edison today
outlined steps the company is taking in Westchester County to
minimize power disruptions and expedite service restorations after
Standing alongside a remote-controlled "smart switch" in the village
of Larchmont, company officials said Con Edison plans to invest $1
billion in storm protection measures over the next four years in New
York City and Westchester County. Approximately $476 million would be
spent on the company's electric distribution system -- $130 million
in Westchester alone.
To download a PDF detailing Con Edison's storm and summer
investments, click here: www.coned.com/summer. Also check out this
helpful video showing how the company works to restore customer
service after a storm: http://www.coned.com/stormvideo
The investments would include design and equipment improvements to
help minimize storm damage, with the goal of reducing the number and
duration of electrical outages.
Superstorm Sandy caused more than 1 million customer power outages in
Con Edison's service area, including more than 320,000 in Westchester
"Sandy was the worst storm ever to hit our region, but was only the
latest in a series of violent weather events causing incredible
damage to our energy delivery systems," said Con Edison Chairman and
CEO Kevin Burke. "We are making critical investments in the county
that will help to better protect our customers from these harsh
As part of the storm protection plan, Con Edison has proposed
investing $200 million to place approximately 30 miles of overhead
power lines underground, about half in Westchester. The company will
work with municipalities to identify electrical equipment serving
emergency and healthcare facilities, community and cooling centers,
and shopping malls with large supermarkets.
Burke also said Con Edison is working closely with the county
executive and municipal officials to provide more detailed
restoration plans after major storms.
Major elements of Con Edison's storm improvement plans for
-- Installing hundreds of "smart switches" to isolate damaged equipment
to help reduce the number of homes that lose power when a tree knocks
down a power cable. Thirty-five switches have been installed, with
plans for an additional 200 installations in the coming months.
-- Installing 4,000 feet of stronger, tree-branch resistant aerial cable.
-- Installing utility poles in storm-prone areas that are 15 percent
stronger and able to withstand wind gusts of up to 110 mph.
-- Deploying thousands of overhead isolation devices to reduce customer
outages and facilitate faster restoration.
-- Implementing a pilot program using special connectors, allowing
customer service wires from the street to the home to detach easily,
avoiding damage to utility poles or to the customer's home.
-- Creating software for rapid damage assessment information on
electronic tablets or hand-held devices.
Ready for Summer
In addition to the storm improvements, Con Edison is investing $1.2
billion this year overall to upgrade its electric delivery system and
enhance reliability for hot summer months.
The electric peak demand forecast for this summer in Con Edison's
service area is 13,200 megawatts (MW), with a projected peak of
11,485 MW for New York City and 1,715 MW for Westchester County. The
record peak -- 13,189 MW -- was set on July 22, 2011 at 4 p.m.
System-wide improvements underway include installation of 31 network
transformers, six new feeders, 207 overhead transformers, and
reinforcement of 46 feeders, 100 underground sections and 250
overhead spans. Upgrades to two unit substations also are in
Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service
restoration status at www.conEd.com/reportoutage 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. Customers can also follow
@ConEdison or like us on Facebook at Con Edison for general outage
updates, safety tips and storm preparation information.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED),
one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with
approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $42 billion in
assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more
than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County,
New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service
information, visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com, at our green site,
www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen, or find us on Facebook at Power of
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