CON ED warns more blackouts could be coming to NYC
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.
Saturday night’s power outage — which struck while temperatures were merely in the low 80s — led Gov. Cuomo to threaten that the state might revoke Con Ed’s operating license because the company “does not have a franchise granted by God” and “can be replaced.”