Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336
Contact: John Carroll email@example.com
Central Maine Power Damage Assessment and Restoration Underway
AUGUSTA, Maine, August 29, 2011, 1 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports 170,000 customers without power as of 1 p.m. The company estimates that more than 275,000 accounts were affected by the storm as it passed along the western edge of the company’s service area on Sunday.
Extra crews from Maine and Canada joined the effort this morning, bringing the number quickly to well over 1,000 people involved in assessing damage and restoring service. This includes more than 200 two-man line crews and 150 two-man tree crews plus additional safety and supervisory staff in the field. CMP is also using helicopters to make aerial inspections of the company’s transmission lines. The company’s expects to return its transmission system to service and complete a damage assessment of the primary roadside distribution lines by later today.
CMP warns customers that the restoration work is likely take several days or more. The company expects to be able to provide more information regarding the timing of the restoration once they complete their assessment of the damage.
Outages by county as of 1 p.m.:
CMP Total: 169,709
Click here to see a map of storm outages by town.
Next update: 8/29, 5 p.m.
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.