Con Edison Hit With Largest Penalty in Its History for 2006 Blackouts

State utilities regulators hit the Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc. with an $18 million penalty yesterday for its service disruptions last year, the largest the state Public Service Commission has imposed against Con Ed. The blackouts included a nine-day blackout in western Queens effecting Astoria and Long Island City that left about 174,000 people without power for as long as nine days in July 2006, and other power failures in Westchester County.

The $18 million penalty is not intended to compensate customers for their losses during power failures. Instead, it will be spread to all customers in the system. … Read the rest

Consolidated Edison Files Notice of Claim against New York City Over July 18, 2007, Steam Pipe Explosion

Consolidated Edison has filed a Notice of Claim with the City of New York alleging that leaking cold water caused the steam pipe explosion that occurred on July 18, 2007, near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 41st Street in Manhattan. The filing of a notice of claim is a prerequisite to instituting a lawsuit.

Con Ed’s notice of claim was apparently filed just before the expiration of the 90-day statutory time limit. One wonders whether Con Ed has filed the notice of claim based upon the results of the investigation it has been conducting into the explosion, or … Read the rest