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CMP gives boost to programs that help Mainers get through winter


AUGUSTA, Maine, Jan. 28, 2010 — Maine families and the elderly will be able to keep their homes warmer and put more food on the table this winter, thanks to Central Maine Power Company (CMP). The utility is making cash contributions to two community agencies in conjunction with its eBill electronic billing program.

From Thanksgiving through Christmas, CMP offered a contribution to the Good Shepherd Food Bank for each new eBill enrollment. When the campaign was over, the food bank had an additional $1,500 in its coffers.

“We’ve always had a great response from customers with other community outreach projects, so it’s no surprise that they came through to help the Good Shepherd Food Bank,” says CMP spokesman John Carroll. “It worked so well, in fact, that we’re launching a new promotion to benefit the United Way’s Keep ME Warm program.”

For every new eBill enrollment, CMP will donate $1 to Keep ME Warm, which provides families and elders in need with weatherization materials, along with emergency heating and food assistance.

CMP’s eBill service allows customers to view and pay their bills in a secure, online system. Customers can access up to 12 previous months’ bills, receive e-mail reminders when their bill is due, set up automatic payments, and help the environment by reducing paper waste. Customers who wish to print a paper copy for their records can do that as well.

Customers can sign up for eBill by going to CMP’s Web site at

“Customers who sign up for eBill reap the benefits of a free, fast, convenient, and secure payment option,” says Carroll. “We hope this added bonus -- the opportunity to help people in need get through the tough Maine winter – give customers another great reason to sign up now.”

The campaigns to benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank and Keep ME Warm are among a number of community-service initiatives at CMP over the past year. Others include the utility’s sixth annual Community Mitten Drive to gather new mittens, hats, and gloves for delivery to area schools; a new scholarship program at the University of Maine’s School of Electrical Engineering Technology; the annual donation of award-winning books to public and school libraries throughout its service area; and a cash contribution to Friends of Casco Bay.

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


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