Under 60K Westchester Con Ed Customers Still Without Power

The company said this evening most "large areas" have been restored after Hurricane Sandy.

After restoring areas where "thousands" of customers could regain power at once, Con Edison officials said this evening they are now focusing on smaller areas in Westchester County and New York City.

"It's been a massive undertaking," Senior Vice President of Electric Operations John Miksad told the media today. "We appreciate our customers' patience."

At this point, Miksad said the company anticipates having "all" customers back online by the end of this weekend.

As of 7:30 p.m. on Monday, approximately 58,865 customers in the county are in the dark, according to the company's website.

Miksad said Con Edison had been prioritizing areas where large numbers of customers could be restored at once and is now focus on areas where "hundreds, 50s or dozens" of customers can be restored.

The company reportedly restored approximately 50,000 of its New York City and Westchester customers overnight and plans for that number to decrease moving forward as smaller amounts of customers' power outages are addressed.

Miksad also said Con Edison has been monitoring the upcoming Nor'easter, which he said will likely bring high winds, rain and possibly snow to the region, beginning Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.

School continue to be a priority for the company as well, Miksad said. He reported five Westchester County schools were without power as of today.

In response to a reporter's inquiry about the company's efficiency so far, Miksad stated, "I don't know of any other way we could have done this faster."

Miksad said the staging areas for workers, such as at Rye Playland, are helping crews "maximize their time."

"I can't imagine a more efficient operation," he said, "but I'm always open to suggestions..."

Bob Rohr November 08, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Blaue, I have been searching for a Nat Gas portable generator. Is yours a permanent standby unit?. I have convinced my parents to get a Nat Gas Standby unit. They are in their 90's so running outside in bad weather is a bad idea. I was looking at Gasoline to Nat Gas conversion kit, for myself but it seems flaky. I bought a Nat Gas BBQ and it is great.
Fed Up November 08, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Gosh Lori, hopefully not Re: generators, I will finally break down and get one. We didn't b/c on rare occasions where we lost power we had it back within hours. I do not ever want to be in a situation where we are without power for days. My initial thought is to find a whole-house generator that runs on propane. I figure we can store propane tanks in the shed. I don't ever want to wait on a gas line to power up my home. I am new to this generator thing and wondering if it's even possible/feasible to have a whole-house generator run off propane, so would appreciate anyone's advice/opinions. My heart goes out to those STILL without power. It's just unacceptable. Heads need to roll. Please contact Gov. Cuomo directly: http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php Instead of filling out the form, I personally am going to write a letter and send it certified mail, return receipt requested. But please please please contact our governor in whatever manner possible regarding this absolutely horrendous situation.
Fed Up November 08, 2012 at 03:36 AM
As for the trees, they need to be cut down. I'm a city girl, so the more concrete, the better as far as I'm concerned. A tree here, a tree there, is more than good enough for me. So so so many have fallen or are about to fall. And so many are laying or in close proximity to power lines. Just cut them down for firewood. And while I'm at it, is there any good reason why power lines aren't underground at this point?
Lori November 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Natural Gas is great if you have lines on your street. Many people do not have that luxury.
Lori November 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Hi Fed Up. We have a whole house generator because my husband is wheelchair bound and severely disabled. Here's all the info: whole house generators run off propane in large tanks. Buried tanks can store 400 gallons, and that can run a typical house (conserving carefully) for about 4-5 days. The propane is obtained via delivery from a provider such as Hallstead-Quinn, Paraco, of Suburban. These companies also provide the tanks for a cost. During a crisis this providers become overwhelmed, and deliveries can be delayed. The Generator needs to be serviced every 100 hours of continuous use. The installation is done by a plumber and electrician. It turns on automatically when municipal power is lost. The whole house generator requires town approval and permitting. The company that my electrician got the generator from, and that has tirelessly serviced our generator is: GENTECH LTD (845) 568-0500. They are completely overwhelmed right now, but they are very responsive. Our generator broke right after Sandy hit last week, and the part that was needed was very rare. They head of service worked tirelessly to find it then had a family member pick it up in the city (while the city was a mess) and then had a service man come install it at 8:00 pm.


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