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CMP completes system improvements in Maine’s Midcoast area
AUGUSTA, Maine, July 8, 2009 — Residents and businesses in several Midcoast communities should experience more reliable electricity delivery service this summer, after Central Maine Power Company’s (CMP) completion of a major system-enhancement project.
“In June, crews finished a major project designed to improve reliability for customers in communities from Damariscotta to Boothbay Harbor,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “Since early 2008, we have been reconfiguring parts of our system and adding new equipment that will eliminate some outages altogether and reduce the scope and duration of service interruptions that do occur.”
Improvements include a new circuit breaker that was installed at Damariscotta Mills Substation during the fall of 2008. It 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 included new system-protection and communications equipment at Damariscotta Mills and other CMP substations in Newcastle, Edgecomb, and Boothbay Harbor. With everything in place, people in Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, Bremen, Newcastle, Jefferson, and Edgecomb should experience better service at their homes and businesses.
“These Midcoast area reinforcements are part of a three-pronged approach to enhance reliability,” says Carroll. “Along with these system-design improvements, we are working to optimize our general maintenance efforts and find ways to improve our response to outages caused by storms, car-pole accidents, or animal contact.”
In addition to the substation improvements, CMP has upgraded 37 miles of transmission line, expanded tree trimming, and replaced more than 100 utility poles around Boothbay Harbor and Southport Island over the last 18 months. The utility has also ramped up line inspections in the Midcoast and throughout its service area in an effort to find and fix problems before they interrupt service.
“The Midcoast area presents a power-delivery challenge on several fronts. Its peninsulas and islands are exposed to severe weather, and many seasonal cottages have been upgraded for year-round use, so there are greater demands on the system,” said Carroll. “We’re confident these improvements will help CMP to meet the growing needs of the people and businesses of the Midcoast area for many years.”
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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