Energy company says faulty cable was behind power outage in New York
People are seen walking in the streets of midtown Manhattan during a blackout in New York, USA, July 13, 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/JASON SZENES
People are seen walking past the Columbus Circle train station in Manhattan during a blackout in New York, USA, July 13, 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/JASON SZENES
People are seen walking on 7th Avenue near Carnagie Hall in Manhattan during a blackout in New York, USA, July 13, 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/JASON SZENES
People are seen walking in the streets at Columbus Circle during a blackout in New York, USA, July 13, 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/JASON SZENES
New York City, USA, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- United States energy company Con Edison, which is responsible for the power outage that affected over 73,000 customers in New York over the weekend, said Monday that the problem was caused by a faulty distribution cable that the system failed to isolate.
In a statement, the company said that "primary and backup relay systems did not isolate a faulted 13,000-volt distribution cable at West 64th Street and West End Avenue" in Manhattan.
The report on the outage that swept the city on Saturday contradicts the remarks made a day earlier at a press conference by the company's president, Tim Crawley, who said that the burning cable, which sent smoke billowing out of a manhole, was not behind the incident.
"Based on our experience with the transmission and distribution system, we initially believed the 13,000-volt cable fault was unrelated to the transmission disturbance," Con Edison said in its statement on Monday.
"While the cable fault was an initiating event, the customer outages were the result of the failure of the protective relay systems," it added.
The company, which has come in for strong criticism from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, also noted that it was initially focused on restoring power to its customers before trying to determine the cause of the blackout.
"More than half of the customers were restored in under three hours and all within five hours," said the company, adding that the system has been restored to its normal state to "continue providing our customers with the high level of reliability they expect and deserve." EFE