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CMP sets goal to reduce customer outages to 30,000 by midnight


AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 24, 2009, 11:30 a.m. — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) utility crews have restored power to more than half of the customers left without service following the severe winter storm that came through Maine Sunday and Monday. At 11:30 Tuesday morning, an estimated 57,000 homes and businesses remained without service, down from a peak of 130,300 recorded just 24 hours ago.

CMP President Sara Burns and Gov. John Baldacci toured storm damage in Bath this morning, where Burns announced the utility’s goal to reduce the number of customer outages to 30,000 or fewer by midnight tonight. She added that CMP has set a second goal: to complete outage restoration for all customers by late Thursday evening.

Hundreds of outside lineworkers from contractors and utilities throughout New England have joined local crews in the restoration effort.


Central Maine Power Company Line Worker Brian Noel wades through fresh snow in Norridgewock, Maine.


 Central Maine Power Company Line Worker Brian Noel wades through fresh snow in Norridgewock, Maine.
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Utility workers from Central Maine Power Company contend with
snow banks and fallen trees in Freeport, Maine. 
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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:


Alfred:  6,337
Augusta: 3,198
Bridgton: 4,456
Brunswick: 27,526
Dover: 0
Fairfield: 0
Farmington: 8
Lewiston: 6,482
Portland: 6,198
Rockland/Belfast: 2,730
Skowhegan: 129
Total: 57,064

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.

Maps showing the progress of outage restoration can be found on CMP’s public web site at

Next update: 5 p.m.


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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