As the mercury soars, concerns about New York’s electricity supply rise. Con Edison, the private energy conglomerate that provides service to most of the areas residents, reports slashing voltage to more than twenty different neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens as a result of overwhelmed power lines. More than 5,000 outages have been reported and Con Ed reports that more than 400,000 customers have been affected by the surge reduction. Such shoddy service by Con Edison raises two questions – how can a for profit company operate what should be a public utility and how can such an antiquated power grid handle the needs of so many people.

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