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New Central Maine Power Substation in Leeds Will Enhance Service in Northern Androscoggin County

AUGUSTA, Maine, May 4, 2012 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, energized a new substation in Leeds, Maine last week that will mean better service for area customers and more capacity for the electric grid in Leeds and surrounding communities. Construction on the $5 million substation began last October, and crews energized two new distribution circuits out of the Fish Street station on April 25.

“The Leeds Substation will improve power quality and reliability for homes and businesses in several communities north of Lewiston and Auburn,” said Sara Burns, CMP’s president and chief executive officer. “The substation gives us a more robust transmission and distribution network in the area, and it provides extra capacity to serve the growth in the region.”

Located near the intersection of Fish Street and State Route 219, the substation provides a local power source for communities that had formerly depended on roadside distribution lines fed by substations several towns away. Extended roadside lines are more vulnerable to common sources of power interruption such as contact with trees, small animals, and vehicle accidents. Shifting local customers to the new Leeds substation also leaves more capacity in the region’s other substations for growth.

“With the support of our parent company Iberdrola USA, CMP invested more than $500 million last year building a stronger, smarter grid for Maine,” said Burns. “We will spend almost as much again in 2012. CMP’s investments in Leeds and elsewhere are creating thousands of construction jobs, while ensuring long-term grid reliability and capacity for growth.”

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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