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New York Power Usage to Reach Summer High as Heat Wave Peaks

  • Cold front, cooling rain expected to bring relief to Northeast
  • ConEd asking customers to conserve power as demand climbs
Pedestrians walk through Manhattan on Aug. 4.
Pedestrians walk through Manhattan on Aug. 4.Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Power demand in New York City is expected to hit the highest for the summer on Tuesday as a stifling heat wave reaches its peak. 

The load on Consolidated Edison Inc.’s system is expected to reach 11,900 megawatts sometime this evening, just short of last year’s summer high of 12,065 megawatts, according to spokesman Allan Drury. The New York-based utility is asking almost 150,000 customers in Queens and the Bronx to conserve power as it makes repairs.