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Central Maine Power Restores Power to More Than 110,000 Customers in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake
AUGUSTA, Maine, October 30, 2012, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has restored power to more than 110,000 customers since Hurricane Sandy blasted into Maine on Sunday. The company reports 46,000 customers remain without power out of more than 159,000 who lost it at some point during the storm. By late Tuesday afternoon, CMP has restored power to all critical facilities such as hospitals, schools, and public safety buildings, and most of its 3-phase feeder lines that provide roadside distribution. The company expects to have restored power to most communities north of Augusta by the end of the day Tuesday with the exception of some remote portions of northern Franklin County.
“We started the day just focused de-energizing downed equipment for public safety and getting the roads cleared,” said Tom DePeter, director of electric distribution for CMP. “Beyond that, our crews worked safely, they got the backbone of our distribution system back in operation, and they’ve just about cut the number of outages in half from this morning’s count. We made a strong start on the restoration, and we’re looking forward to making more progress with a full day in tomorrow.”
Outages by county as of 5 p.m.:
CMP Total: 46,161
Next update: 9 p.m.
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com.
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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 www.cmpco.com/.
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 www.iberdrolausa.com.