Con Edison Media Relations

Contact: Michael Clendenin

Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2001


Tuesday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center has had a significant impact on Con Edison's energy infrastructure in lower Manhattan. The fire and subsequent collapse of 7 World Trade Center have permanently damaged two substations located adjacent to the building as well as major electric transmission cables. A third substation located near the South Street Seaport also lost service. Approximately 12,000 customers are currently without electric power, approximately 270 steam customers are without service and approximately 1400 customers are without gas service.

There are 140 Con Edison crews working in the devastated area. We are inspecting and testing equipment, preparing work locations and are coordinating our efforts with appropriate emergency agencies.

We are currently making arrangements to obtain generators to help speed the temporary restoration of electric service in lower Manhattan