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CMP upgrades in Midcoast near completion

AUGUSTA, Maine, December 1, 2008 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is about to reach a key milestone on a large project to enhance system reliability for homes and businesses in the Midcoast area. The utility is preparing to move a mobile substation out of its Damariscotta Mills Substation and put a new circuit breaker into service – one of many upgrades the utility has been performing at four Midcoast substations since early spring. CMP has also upgraded a transmission line serving the region.

“The use of this mobile equipment allows work to continue without disrupting service to homes and businesses in the area,” said CMP Spokesman John Carroll. “A mobile substation can pick up and carry the load so our workers can safely and efficiently install and test the new equipment that is part of these important system upgrades.”

The new circuit breaker at Damariscotta Mills Substation will, in many circumstances, cut in half the number of customers affected by an outage and shorten the time it takes to find and fix a problem in the system. Other upgrades for the area include new system-protection and communications equipment that will enable the utility to enhance service to residents and businesses in Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, Bremen, Newcastle, Jefferson, and Edgecomb.

Along with the substation improvements, CMP ramped up its tree trimming program in its Brunswick Service area, that includes coastal communities from Yarmouth to Waldoboro. Earlier this year, the company replaced more than 100 utility poles around Boothbay Harbor and Southport Island.

“The Midcoast area presents a power-delivery challenge on several fronts,” says Carroll. “Its peninsulas and islands are exposed to severe weather, and seasonal cottages are being upgraded for year-round use,” said Carroll. “CMP is doing all it can to meet the growing needs of the people and businesses of the Midcaost area.”

All of the improvements are scheduled to be completed by April 2009.


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:
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