Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP continues tree work in Boothbay area
Stepped up tree trimming will enhance service quality
AUGUSTA, Maine, August 14, 2008 — Tree crews continue their work along Central Maine Power Company lines in Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, and Southport this summer. The work to clear tree branches and limbs from utility lines began this spring, and is part of a $2.4 million vegetation management program designed to improve reliability in CMP’s Brunswick service area, which includes coastal communities from Yarmouth to Waldoboro.
The additional tree work is part of a broader effort to enhance service in the area. Earlier this year, CMP replaced hundreds of utility poles in the seaside community of Southport. And the utility continues on major upgrades to substations in Damariscotta Mills, Edgecomb, Newcastle, and Boothbay Harbor.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution when they encounter tree or utility crews working alongside Maine roads.
“These crews play a key role in helping CMP provide the safe, reliable service that customers depend on,” he says. “This kind of work can be difficult, and we urge motorists who come across these crews to proceed slowly and at a safe distance.”
Managing tree growth around power lines is a big job for the utility, according to Carroll.
“We have more than 23,000 miles of transmission and distribution line throughout our service area, and for most of it, trees are at risk of growing up into the wires or falling down onto them. Needless to say, it’s the most frequent cause of blinking clocks and power outages,” says Carroll. “Our tree crews are well-trained in good tree care practices to balance aesthetics and system reliability, and that’s especially important when they’re working around street trees and ornamentals.”
CMP’s team of licensed arborists and qualified contractors carefully prune and remove trees along hundreds of miles of public roads every year to help provide safe, reliable electric service. Because protecting the health of trees is important, our contractors adhere to standards endorsed by the tree care industry. Tree crews consider the shape, strength, growth rate, and appearance of a tree before working on it.
CMP notifies customers about its vegetation management activities every year with inserts in its bills. Customers can sign up to receive a notice when tree trimming is happening in their area. For more information call CMP’s Vegetation Management department at 1-800-972-8600.
Additional information about CMP’s Tree Care program, along with tips for tree planting and care can be found on CMP’s web site at http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/TreeCare/default.html.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
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