MANHATTAN — Con Ed has ended a voltage reduction program that it instituted for the Upper West Side because of equipment problems.
The utility had reduced power by 8 percent in a large portion of the neighborhood at around 11:45 p.m. Friday because several feeder cables had overheated.
"We had several feeders that were out of service and we were worried about that getting out of hand," said Con Ed spokesman Bob McGee.
"This year, we've been very aggressive in addressing these problems early on."
A number of cables had to be replaced and in some cases feeders had to be taken offline to get to the damaged wires.
The power dip affected about 78,000 customers living west of Central Park West and between 71st and 110th streets.
The utility had also asked customers in the area to discontinue use of non-essential electrical appliances, like washers, dryers and air conditioners, while the problem was fixed.
"We're very grateful for our customers' cooperation in that regard," McGee said.