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Release: Immediate  

 

Central Maine Power Reports 21,000 Homes and Businesses without Power

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, December 21, 2012, 10 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports 20,713homes and businesses remain without power this evening, and some customers will remain out through the night. A powerful wind storm with gusts over 50 mph swept through Maine today, causing as many as 61,000 customers to lose power at some point between noon and 10 p.m. Customers began to report outages in southern York County at about 2:30 in the afternoon. The number of reported outages surged to a peak of more than 37,000 just after 5 p.m.

 

CMP crews have restored service to nearly 35,000 customers by 10 p.m., and will continue working through the night to de-energized damaged equipment for public safety and to restore service in areas where the winds have eased. The company said some customers in communities throughout its service area will not have power overnight. CMP has also enlisted help from private contractors for lineworkers and tree crews as they work to remove uprooted trees and broken limbs that snapped poles and brought wires down to the ground.

 

Outages by county as of 10 p.m.

 

 County

 Outages

 Cumberland

 6,896

 Lincoln

3,797

 York

2,328 

 Kennebec

1,774 

 Knox

1,644 

 Waldo

 1,472

 Sagadahoc

1,292 

 Androscoggin

913 

 Oxford

222

 Piscataquis

222

 Hancock

 92

 Franklin

20

 Penobscot

 7

 Total

 20,713

 

Next update: 10 a.m.

 

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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 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.