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Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS 

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Release: Immediate  

  

Central Maine Power Reports 120 Outages at Midday
 

 AUGUSTA, ME – December 27, 2010, noon – Central Maine Power (CMP) reports 120 homes and businesses without power as of noon today. The company made storm preparations over the week end, and crews have been able to make repairs as outages have happened throughout the morning.

 

“Broken limbs and fallen trees cause most of the outages in storms like this, but so far, the temperatures have stayed low enough to keep the snow from sticking on the trees,” said John Carroll, CMP spokesman. “We’ve seen some snow build-up on trees in towns along Penobscot Bay causing some problems. We’ll keep watching the temperatures, and we expect a spike of strong gusts as the wind backs to the northwest in the mid-afternoon as well.”

 

A complete list of outages by county follows:

    

County 

    Outages    

 Knox

101 

 Franklin    

10 

 Somerset    

 8

 Total

 119

 

The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.

 

“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines and trees or limbs that may be tangled in the lines,” said Carroll. “These should all be considered live and dangerous. Customers should leave the clean-up to our crews, who are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”

 

CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews in the roadway. The working conditions are difficult, and they will appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.

 

If outages occur, customers should call the toll-free outage hotline: 1-800-696-1000. Additional information on storm safety can be found on CMP’s web site at http://www.cmpco.com/.

 

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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 of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit cmpco.com .

 

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.