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CMP tree care in Knox and Waldo Counties will enhance power-system reliability
AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 22, 2009 — Fifteen communities in Knox and Waldo Counties are among more than 150 cities and towns in central and southern Maine to benefit from Central Maine Power Company’s (CMP) tree care program this winter. 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 Belfast, Belmont, Brooks, Cushing, Frankfort, Friendship, Islesboro, Knox, Monroe, Morrill, Northport, Searsmont, Searsport, Swanville, and Waldo.
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 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 http://www.cmpco.com – click on “Usage and Safety,” then “Tree Care.”
About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, accounting for nearly 80 percent of electricity delivery in Maine. CMP has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.
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