The mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, along with Consolidated Edison urged consumers to conserve energy as a heat wave hits the east coast.
Consolidated Edison, one of the nationâ€™s largest energy companies, is serving more than 3 million customers in New York and Westchester County. As the surge in demand for electricity soars, the energy company was urging customers to minimize usage by offering useful tips.
â€œThese networks will only survive if we reduce the consumption,â€ Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a televised news conference on Tuesday.
The New York-based company was not alone in urging customers to save. In New England, state officials along with energy companies were asking residents to conserve energy to save as the grids were driven to new records. Power consumption was 13,141 megawatts at Con Edison, 5,736 megawatts at the Long Island Power Authority and more than 11,000 megawatts at Public Service Electric & Gas in New Jersey â€” all records.
The rise in demand could be primarily attributed to the hot summer weather along with high humidity in New England, especially in the tri-state area. The temperature soared to mid-90s across the New York metropolitan area where forecasters were predicting one more day before some relief could come. Tens of thousands lost power throughout the region, while Wall Street was doing its part to save energy by shutting of the stock ticker yesterday.
The mayor of New York was urging all New Yorkers to check in on the people living around them in order to save lives due to the extreme heat.
â€œPlease, check in on people who are living in your neighborhood,â€ he said. â€œYou know who they are â€“ the elderly, the infirm. You really can save lives.â€