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CMP tree care in western Maine will enhance power-system reliability


AUGUSTA, Maine, August 14, 2009 — More than 30 communities in Maine’s western mountains are among an estimated 180 cities and towns in central and southern Maine to benefit from Central Maine Power Company’s (CMP) tree care program during the second half of 2009. The work along utility lines is part of a $23 million annual vegetation management program to improve reliability the reliability of its roadside distribution lines.

“We have more than 23,000 miles of distribution lines, and along much of it, trees are growing toward the wires or at risk of falling down on them,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “Contact with vegetation is the most frequent cause of blinking clocks and power outages, so customers should see better reliability as the crews trim along the roadsides in their towns.”

CMP trims along one-fifth of its distribution lines each year. In the coming weeks, the company’s contractors will continue to trim trees along distribution lines in Adamstown Township, Albany , Andover, Bethel, Canton, Carthage, Chesterville, Coplin Plantation, Davis Township, Dixfield, Farmington, Freeman, Gilead, Hanover, Kingfield, Lincoln Plantation , Lower Cupsuptic Township, Magalloway Plantation, Mason, Mexico, New Portland, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Newry, Peru, Rangeley, Rangeley Plantation, Rumford, Stetsontown Township, Strong, Upton, and Wyman Township.

Motorists are urged to use caution when they encounter tree crews working alongside Maine roads.

“These crews play a key role in helping CMP provide the safe, reliable service that customers depend on,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “This kind of work can be difficult, and we urge motorists who come across these crews to proceed slowly and at a safe distance.”

 CMP contracts with professional arborists who are required to follow practices established by the International Society of Arboriculture. These include consideration for the health, shape, strength, growth rate, and appearance of trees before and after pruning. CMP notifies customers about its vegetation management activities every year with inserts in its bills. Customers can sign up to receive a notice when tree trimming is happening in their area. For more information call CMP’s Vegetation Management department at 1-800-972-8600.

Additional information about CMP’s Tree Care program, along with tips for tree planting and care can be found on CMP’s web site at – click on “Usage and Safety,” then “Tree Care.”

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:

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. The company has since September 2008 been part of the Spain-based Iberdrola Group, the world's fifth largest utility and number one in wind power.