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CMP begins work on system upgrades in Topsham area


AUGUSTA, Maine, August 20, 2009 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews have begun work on a project that should enhance the reliability of its electricity delivery system in the Topsham area.

The project involves upgrading the three wires atop distribution poles from the substation near the Frank J. Woods Bridge through the Topsham Fair Mall area to the utility’s Topsham Substation off Main Street.

“The existing electricity delivery system in Topsham has served the area well for many years,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “But new commercial development – particularly around the Topsham Fair Mall – and steady residential growth have put the grid near its capacity. We need to upgrade the system and add some redundancies so it can continue to provide reliable service to area homes and businesses.”

Over the next few weeks, people who travel along Summer, Bridge, and Winter Streets, Mallet Drive, and Route 196 are likely to encounter utility trucks and crews working on the project.

“We urge motorists to proceed with caution and give the crews enough room to do their jobs safely,” said Carroll.

“This is just a part of many millions in system investments CMP is making in 2009,” added Carroll. Earlier this summer, CMP completed a major system improvement project involving four substations and a transmission line serving Maine’s Midcoast area from Damariscotta to Boothbay. This spring, CMP completed electric grid enhancements in Woodstock in western Maine, and in Benton near Waterville. In June, crews broke ground on an expansion project at CMP’s South Gorham Substation, one of six key hubs in the utility’s system and the main source of power for Portland and surrounding communities.

The Topsham upgrades are expected to be completed within three weeks.


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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