Tuesday, July 16, 2019
After being opaque about the cause of Saturday's blackout, Con Ed is being glib about potential blackouts
Con Edison warned Monday that New Yorkers may have to endure another blackout this weekend, when the temperature is expected to reach a sweltering 97 degrees — and feel like 106.
“We expect that there could be service outages — those things happen during heat waves,” company spokesman Mike Clendenin said.
Later in the day, Con Ed further fueled fears of a potential power outage when it completely backtracked and blamed a fault in a 13,000-volt power cable that caught fire for triggering Saturday’s blackout.
On Sunday, company President Timothy Cawley had called the idea of tying the incident to the failed cable “sort of a non-starter.”
AccuWeather predicted four straight days of 90-plus degree temperatures beginning Friday, with a 97-degree peak on Saturday, when humidity and other factors will make it feel even worse.
Surely, these things happen and will continue to happen when you have energy devouring billboards like the new ones in Times Square that are about 3, 5 and 20 stories and are a block wide. And also deriving from massive tower development by the Hudson, particularly the brand new Hudson Yards.
How is Con Ed going to handle Google's expansion and Disney's new studios on Soho's west side?
Maybe this is why they are being glib. Con Ed's VP for "government relations" used to work for the city's Economic Development Coporation. (Thanks to Kristin Theodos)