- The Consolidated Edison lockout has moved into its third week as the utility implements a brownout, reducing the flow of power into areas of Midtown East, East Side and Roosevelt Island.
- Con Ed denies that the brownout is connected to ongoing negotiations between the company’s leaders and union members, saying instead that the brownout is being used to relieve stress put on the system by a heat wave affecting the East Coast while workers repair equipment.
- The utility, which has more than 8,000 union members locked out, has asked all of its New York City and Westchester County customers to conserve power because of the recent high temperatures. The New York Daily News reported that the company said customers will not notice the 5% voltage reduction.
From the article:
New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc said Monday it reduced voltage in some Manhattan neighborhoods, an action known as a brown-out, as a heat wave stresses the electric system.
High temperatures in the Big Apple were expected to hit 92 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, 95 on Tuesday and 94 on Wednesday before falling to near normal levels in the 80s on Thursday, according to AccuWeather.com. ...