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Central Maine Power Receives Edison Electric Institute Awards for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, January 16, 2013 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, received two awards from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recognizing the company’s response to Hurricane Sandy last October. CMP received the Emergency Recovery Award for restoring service to more than 165,000 customers quickly and safely in Maine. The company also received an Emergency Assistance Award for helping utilities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

 

“We are pleased to receive such prestigious awards for the second year in a row,” 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 Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. I’m extremely proud of our employees’ skills and commitment, and grateful to the Edison Electric Institute for recognizing their accomplishments.”

 

“Central Maine Power faced a major restoration effort following Hurricane Sandy,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Getting the lights back on quickly and safely is never easy following these natural disasters. It takes strong commitment, advanced planning, and great execution. CMP responded with all three. The company is a great example for the nation’s electric power industry, and I congratulate them.”

 

“Further, through the industry’s mutual assistance program, CMP crews were essential in helping their fellow utility companies restore service. Importantly, this assistance also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of need,” Kuhn said.

 

The Institute’s emergency recovery emergency assistance awards are presented annually to recognize an outstanding response in restoring electric service disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. Central Maine Power also received the Emergency Recovery Award in 2012 in recognition of the company’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene, which caused 364,000 outages for CMP customers.

 

Hurricane Sandy reached Maine shortly before noon on October 29 with winds reaching 50 miles per hour in many areas and gusts to 70 mph along the coast. The storm knocked out power to more than 165,000 CMP customers, with a peak of 88,300 outages on October 30. CMP’s crews restored service to 150,000 customers within 48 hours of the storm’s arrival in Maine, and the company completed the restoration in less than three days. The CMP restoration team grew to 1,200 people, including more than 200 hundred line repair crews, 150 tree crews, 25 pole-setting crews and several hundred customer service, administrative, and logistical support personnel in the field and company offices.

 

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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.