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Central Maine Power Receives Edison Electric Institute Award for Tropical Storm Irene


AUGUSTA, Maine, March 21, 2012 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) received an “Emergency Recovery Award” from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today for its excellence in restoring power to 364,000 customers following Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. CMP is a subsidiary of Iberdrola-USA, part of the Iberdrola group.


The Institute’s “Emergency Recovery Award” is presented annually to recognize an outstanding response in restoring electric service disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.  Accepting the award on behalf of the company were Robert D. Kump, chief executive officer of Iberdrola USA, and Kevin E. Walker, Iberdrola USA's chief operating officer. Winners were chosen from among U.S. and foreign-based members of EEI.


“We are pleased to receive such a prestigious award,” said Sara Burns, president of CMP. “Our company made a fast, safe recovery in Maine, and many of our crews then joined the efforts of utilities in New Hampshire and Connecticut. I’m extremely proud of our employees’ response to Tropical Storm Irene, and grateful to the Edison Electric Institute for recognizing their accomplishments.”


In August 2011, high winds and torrential rain from Tropical Storm Irene struck Maine, causing substantial damage to CMP’s delivery infrastructure. In the days following the storm, washed out roads, flooding, and downed trees compounded the challenges of the restoration effort. The company had put its emergency restoration plan into action several days before the storm reached Maine, and enlisted line crews from other utility companies under the industry’s mutual assistance program to supplement its storm response.  Within four days, CMP had restored power to more than 90 percent of customers who had lost power. 


“In executing its Emergency Service Restoration Plan, Central Maine Power was obviously well prepared for this storm,” EEI President Tom Kuhn said. “The dedication of the company’s employees and line workers showed as they pushed through dire weather conditions to get the lights back on. Their efforts highlight Central Maine Power’s commitment to customer service, and their thorough planning and exceptional execution helped make this restoration a success.”


Photo link. “Robert D. Kump, chief executive officer of Iberdrola USA, and Kevin E. Walker, chief operating officer accept the 2011 Edison Electric Institute Emergency Response Award from EEI President Tom Kuhn and EEI Chairman Tom Farrell of Dominion. The EEI presented the award in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.”


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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 six times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit

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