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CMP nearly finished with Boothbay area system improvements

AUGUSTA, Maine, April 30, 2009 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is moving into the final stages of a large project to enhance system reliability for homes and businesses in the Midcoast area from Newcastle and Damariscotta through Edgecomb to Boothbay Harbor. This month, the utility is installing a new capacitor bank, along with system monitoring and control equipment, at its Boothbay Harbor substation. When crews complete installation and commissioning of a second transformer, new breakers, and a capacitor bank at CMP’s Newcastle Substation, the project will be complete.

“This marks the end of a major project to enhance service to homes and businesses from the Newcastle/Damariscotta area to Boothbay Harbor,” said CMP Spokesman John Carroll. “Customers in this area are also benefitting from a more aggressive approach to tree trimming and line inspection and maintenance.”

Last fall, the utility installed a new circuit breaker at Damariscotta Mills Substation that 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. It also completed upgrades to its substation in Edgecomb. 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, and Jefferson.

Last 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, with its peninsulas and islands exposed to severe weather, and seasonal cottages being upgraded for year-round use,” said Carroll. “These improvements should meet the growing needs of the people and businesses of the Midcaost area many years into the future.”

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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