ConEd Asks Brooklyn Residents to Conserve Power Amid High Heat

(Bloomberg) -- Power giant Consolidated Edison Inc. is asking residents in parts of Brooklyn to curb their energy use as high heat sears New York City.

The utility reduced voltage by 8% in the communities of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick to protect equipment while crews make unspecified repairs, according to an emailed statement Monday. The area includes 103,300 customers.

The temperature at LaGuardia Airport in Queens hit 94 degrees (34 degrees Celsius) after 2 p.m. local time, according to the National Weather Service. A heat advisory is in place for the area until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Con Edison asked customers in the affected areas to refrain from using power-hungry appliances including washers, dryers and microwaves until the crew completes repairs. It also requested that residents only use one air conditioner.

Earlier in the summer, the utility dialed back voltage in parts of Brooklyn amid stifling heat.

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