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CMP Crews to Report on Sunday as Hurricane Irene Approaches Maine


AUGUSTA, Maine, August 27, 2011, 3:00 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) has moved up its staffing plans from Monday morning to Sunday afternoon as heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Irene are now forecast to reach the state by mid-day. The first wave of crews will include line workers, tree crews, assessors, and support staff.

“We’re always ready to adjust the scale and timing of our storm response to match the needs, and it looks as though Irene is going to arrive a little sooner than some of the earlier forecasts,” said Tom Depeter, CMP’s Director of Operations. “Depending on how hard it hits, our priorities tomorrow will be to make any downed lines safe and to keep the power on at all vital facilities such as hospitals and public safety facilities.”

The company expects to add more crews from private contractors from Maine and Canada starting at 5:00 a.m. Monday. Depending on the severity of the storm, CMP has arranged to bring in as many as 200 line crews and 150 tree crews by Monday afternoon if necessary. The company is also continuing to contact utilities and contractors throughout the northeast for additional support.

Next Update: Sunday, 4:00 p.m. (tent.)

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.
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