Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336
Contact: John Carroll
CMP crews hope to finish power restoration by late afternoon
AUGUSTA, Maine, June 10, 2011 — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) crews made good progress overnight restoring power to customers who lost service after Thursday evening’s storms. As if 11 a.m., power had been restored to 95 percent of those affected when severe thunderstorms pelted the area Thursday evening.
Several lines of severe thunderstorms packing high winds, heavy rain, and hail came through Maine early Thursday evening. Outages had peaked at an estimated 26,500 at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the heaviest damage in Kennebec County. A strong push by CMP crews cut that number to about 3,000 during the overnight hours.
“We made tremendous progress overnight, and the plan is to continue working safely and restoring service throughout the day to customers affected by last night’s storms,” says Tom DePeter, director of Distribution for CMP. “Our goal is to have power restored to all customers by late this afternoon.”
Along with the work on the ground, CMP is flying over transmission lines that experienced faults during last night’s storms, inspecting them for damage from lightning strikes.
At 11 a.m., an estimated 1,500 customers were without service. Most are in Kennebec and York Counties; a few scattered outages remain in Piscataquis and Androscoggin Counties.
About CMP and Iberdrola USA: CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company, serving more than 600,000 customers. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.
For more information, visit www.cmpco.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.