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CMP adjusts schedule for Searsport area maintenance outage
AUGUSTA, ME – Nov. 16, 2009 – Central Maine Power Company (CMP) needs to disrupt power to an estimated 5,100 customers in Belfast, Frankfort, Hampden, Monroe, Prospect, Searsport, Stockton Springs, and Winterport early Saturday morning, Nov. 21, to complete improvements to its system serving those communities.
The outage was originally scheduled to begin at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, but has been delayed for 1.5 hours to accommodate concerns from local businesses. It will begin at 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Power is expected to be restored by 6 a.m.
“This outage is needed so our crews can work on this equipment safely and efficiently,” says CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We scheduled this work for the overnight hours to minimize inconvenience to customers, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding.”
Crews will remove a portion of transmission line out of the Belfast Substation that is no longer in use and reconfiguring the remainder of the line. The change will improve safety and reliability of the system serving that area.
The outage will affect most or all of Frankfort, Prospect, Searsport, Stockton Springs, and Winterport; along with small portions of Belfast, Hampden, Monroe, and Swanville. The utility had previously sent post cards to all customers in the affected area, advising them of the outage.
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. 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.
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