Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP reliability investments set to come on line in Turner area
AUGUSTA, Maine, Aug. 20, 2008 — Central Maine Power Company will interrupt electricity service to an estimated 3,400 customers in Turner and several surrounding communities early Sunday morning, Aug. 24, to bring new equipment on line that should enhance the reliability of their service in the area. The outage area will include all of Turner and Buckfield, plus portions of Livermore and Leeds. CMP reminds customers that alarm clocks and appliances may need to be reset, and they should keep a flashlight at hand to move around safely during the outage.
“This is one of the biggest crews we’ve ever assembled for a project like this,” says CMP Spokesman John Carroll. “We’ll have 50 line workers in 25 bucket trucks, plus an additional 10 support personnel, set to start at midnight and work through the night. We appreciate our customers’ patience with the interruption. It’s the safest way for our crews to work quickly, so we can have the system back on line by dawn.”
The distribution upgrade in Turner is the first of two major projects to enhance reliability in that part of Androscoggin County. Work on the roadside distribution lines began in March to increase capacity and reliability along eight miles of roadside lines. Crews have installed more than 95,000 feet of new wire atop more than 150 new poles in the area. The second part of the project will begin next year with the construction of a new substation in Leeds. The upgraded lines will connect to the new substation, adding flexibility to the system and allowing CMP to restore power more quickly should storms, motor-vehicle accidents, or other problems disrupt service.
“This is just one part of more than $160 million in upgrades CMP is performing on its system in 2008,” said Carroll. “These projects help us to provide more reliable service and meet the growing needs of residents and businesses throughout our service area.”
The outage is scheduled to begin just after midnight on Sunday, August 24. Work should be complete — and power restored — by 6 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the work will be performed during the same hours two weeks later, on Sunday, Sept. 7.
The following towns and roads are affected:
Turner: All streets and roads
Buckfield: All streets and roads
Livermore: Auburn Road (Route 4), Bunker Hill Road, Bear Mountain Road, Route 108, Norton Road
Leeds: River Road, North Turner Bridge Road, Fish Street, Sedgley Road.
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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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