Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP passes halfway mark in power restoration
AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 13, 2008, 9:30 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. has reached its goal to restore power to more than 120,000 customer accounts by midnight tonight. The company has reduced the number of outages to fewer than 100,000 just a day and half after the outages peaked at 220,000 in mid-day on Friday.
The company has now restored power to more than 124,000 customers following this week’s severe ice storm. At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, an estimated 95,520 customer accounts remained without service, down from the peak of 220,000 customer accounts Friday afternoon.
After spending Friday de-energizing downed lines for pubic safety, restoring power to critical facilities, including nine hospitals, and repairing damage to several transmission lines, crews focused on power restoration to primary distribution lines on Saturday.
CMP expects to have service restored to nearly all customers in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Piscataquis, and Somerset counties by late this evening. This area includes the communities served by the company’s offices in Dover, Fairfield, Farmington, Lewiston, and Skowhegan.
On Sunday, the company will begin moving crews from its northern offices into the harder-hit areas in southern and coastal Maine. The company will also add more crews from New York, Michigan and the Canadian Maritimes as they arrive in Maine. The utility expects the restoration effort will last well into next week in southern and coastal counties served by CMP’s Alfred, Portland, and Brunswick Service Centers.
Following is a list of outages by Service Center. Each Service Center includes the city or town listed, along with a dozen or more surrounding communities:
More than 1,000 field and support personnel have been working on outage restoration.
The company thanks the public for its cooperation in helping crews work safely and efficiently. Drivers can be most helpful by driving carefully when passing crews on the roadside. Customer should also direct any inquires or outage reports to the company through the outage reporting system, rather than interrupting crews who are working on repairs.
CMP continues to urge customers to use caution at home and on the streets. Candles, lanterns, and temporary heating devices can pose a fire hazard. Home generators should be properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and they should be connected to home wiring through appropriate protective devices to prevent power from feeding back onto the utility’s wires.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com. Customers needing information on shelters should call 211 or go to www.211maine.org.
Next update: 9 a.m. Sunday
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.
About Energy East: Energy East Corporation is a respected, super-regional energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally responsible manner, Energy East will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve.
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