Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336
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Central Maine Power Restores Power to 75,000 as Hurricane Irene Heads Out of Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine, August 29, 2011, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) has restored power to 75,000 customers in the first 24 hours following Hurricane Irene’s passage through New England. The company reports that customer outages peaked at 187,000 at 9 p.m. Sunday, but that number has been reduced to 110,000 customer accounts without power this evening. As many as 280,000 customers lost power at some point during the storm.
“Irene brought a challenging combination of high winds, heavy rain, and flooding that affected nearly every community in our 11,000 square mile service area,” said Tom DePeter, Director of Operations for Central Maine Power. “We made it through the “make safe” phase of the storm without injury to the public or our workers, and we’ve made good progress in the next steps of our restoration plan.”
In addition to restoring power to 75,000 customer accounts, the utility reached several other recovery goals in the first full day following the storm. The company brought in nearly 500 outside workers to assist with tree clearing and power line repairs. Transmission lines were repaired to re-energize all of the substations that feed roadside distribution lines. Utility personnel also completed their survey of the company’s primary, three-phase distribution system, and most of the system has been re-energized.
“It could be several more days before we can get service restored to all of our customers,” said Depeter, “but our goals for tomorrow will be to cut the number of outages in half again, to complete our damage assessment, and to project when we’ll be finished with the restoration.”
List of outages by county as of 9 p.m.:
CMP Total: 109,545
Click here to see a map of storm outages by town.
Next update: 8/30, 9 a.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.