Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Con Ed Outage Estimates "Off"

AP via Topix:
In testimony at a city council committee hearing on the Queens [NY]outage, Joseph Bruno, the commissioner of the City's Office of Emergency Management, said Con Edison never told city officials how extensive the outage was in Queens.

He said Con Edison advised the city there were 1,700 customers, or 6,800 people, without power on the sixth day of the blackout -- believed to be the peak day of the weeklong failure. City officials now believe that more than 100,000 plus people were in the dark.

'They were off by 10 times the amount,' Bruno said. 'I have never seen Con Ed so far off the numbers.'