Cuomo Rages At ConEd Over Heat Wave Outages

The Hill reports:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) blasted the electricity company responsible for a massive power outage over the weekend, saying Con Edison should have been better prepared.

“We’ve been through this situation w ConEd time & again & they should have been better prepared—period,” Cuomo tweeted Sunday night.

Many New York City residents were reportedly still without power as of Sunday night as a record-breaking heatwave swept through the Midwest and hit the East Coast.

The New York Daily News reports:

The blackout struck around sundown at the end of one of the summer’s hottest days yet, when temperatures hit the mid-90s and the National Weather Service heat index topped 110 degrees.

As heat stressed the grid, Con Ed tried to keep the blackout from spreading by deliberately cutting power to customers in Brooklyn, mostly in in Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach.

“The reason we did that was to prevent any further outages and also to protect the integrity of the energy system in that area,” said Con Ed spokesman Sidney Alvarez.