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Central Maine Power Crews Gain Ground in Storm Recovery

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, December 22, 2012, 10 a.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports 11,800 outages on Saturday morning after Friday’s windstorm knocked out power to more than 64,000 homes and businesses. CMP crews had restored service to 40,000 customers by late in the evening, and restoration work  continued overnight. The company expects to make good progress during the day with a goal of completing the restoration in most areas by late this evening.

 

“We have good conditions this morning and a full team of line crews, tree crews, and support personnel, so we expect to make good progress during the day,” said Tom DePeter, operations director for CMP. “We have a goal to complete the restoration in most towns by this evening or late tonight. We also discussed a special safety concern with our crews this morning, because we expect the roads will be busy with drivers who are hurried or distracted by holiday preparations. We hope people will remember to give our crews plenty of room as they work on the roadside, so we can all get home to our families safely.”

 

Outages by county as of 10 a.m.

 

 County

 Outages

 Cumberland

3,403

 York

 3,124

 Lincoln

 2,250

 Sagadahoc

 1,096

 Androscoggin

 649

 Waldo

 556

 Knox

 320

 Piscataquis

 131

 Hancock

 114

 Kennebec

 86

 Penobscot

 36

 Franklin

 18

 Total

 11,783

 

Next update: noon

  

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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.