I am not sure of the electrical situation in New York City but one of the major issues in the Boston area is line capacity.
You may have all the generation capacity you could ever want but the transmission lines from the generation station, via substations, to your apartment may not. We are going through a building boom here and attaching these new buildings into existing wiring. Sort of how many microwave ovens, toasters and coffee makers can I plug into that one kitchen outlet. Existing wiring could be of 1940s vintage and of limited capacity.
The solve would be adding more wiring, paralleling, to increase capacity and more sectionalization to isolate problems to a smaller area. The problem is cost and people. Most of the electrical utilities are underground and existing conduit is already filled so rip up the streets for more, adding more substations would help no one want to live next to a sub. There is a cost to having all our electronic gizmos.
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