New York Utility Con Edison Withdraws Calls for Conservation

Consolidated Edison Inc., owner of New York’s electric utility, reported about 800 homes and businesses without power on Staten Island after it lifted calls for conservation in other boroughs during hot weather.

ConEd had asked customers to stop using household appliances and turn off lights and televisions when not needed until cable problems could be fixed.

“We still encourage everyone to conserve when and how they can,” Philip O’Brien, a company spokesman, said Tuesday in a telephone interview. Repair of distribution lines on Staten Island continued, he said.

The utility reported 19,000 customers blacked out Monday and asked areas including Midtown West in Manhattan and neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island to conserve energy while crews worked to fix equipment, e-mailed statements show. The company reduced voltage by 8 percent on some parts of its system to protect machinery.

A heat advisory covered the city yesterday. Tuesday’s National Weather Service forecast called for a high of 90, which if met would mark the first three-day stretch of temperatures at that point or higher since a seven-day heat wave in July 2013.

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