NYC urges residents to 'immediately limit energy usage' amid heat wave, power outages

New Yorkers try to keep cool in a Brooklyn park on June 29, 2021 in New York City. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York City officials on Wednesday sent out an emergency alert urging residents to “immediately limit energy usage” to prevent additional power outages.


“NYC is urging all households and businesses to immediately limit energy usage to prevent power outages as the intense heat continues,” the city said in the alert.

“Please avoid the use of energy intensive appliances such as washers, dryers and microwaves,” the alert added. “Limit unnecessary use of air conditioning.”

Thousands of New Yorkers were without power Wednesday afternoon amid an ongoing heat wave, including 1,700 customers in Williamsburg, New York City Emergency Management Department Commissioner John Scrivani said at a news briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Con Edison on Wednesday afternoon said it had reduced power voltage in some Queens neighborhoods as its crews worked to repair equipment.

Crews were also working to distribute dry ice to customers who lost power in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the agency said. As of Wednesday afternoon, distribution was taking place at the corner of Morgan and Nassau avenues, the agency tweeted.