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Release: Immediate  

 

Central Maine Power Reports 7,900 Customers Still Without Power from Thursday’s Wind Storm

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, February 1, 2013, 9 a.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports 7,860 customer outages remain as a result of the wind storm that swept through Maine on Thursday. Strong winds associated with a frontal system brought gusts over 60 miles per hour, knocking out power to more than 103,000 homes and businesses in CMP’s service area. The number of outages peaked at more than 44,000 at midday. CMP has restored service to nearly 95,000 customers since yesterday morning. Strong winds continued to cause additional scattered outages overnight, but the company expects to restore service to all storm-related outages by later today.

 

“We have brought extra contract crews into the areas where we have the most remaining outages, and we’ll continue to move more crews into those areas until we have everyone back, which should be late this afternoon,” said John Carroll, spokesperson for CMP. “Weather-permitting, we will also send up a helicopter to inspect sections of our transmission system to ensure we spot any damage that wasn’t visible overnight.”

 

Storm-Related Outages by County:

 

County 

 Outages

Piscataquis

2,091

 Lincoln

 1,805

Somerset

 1,036

 Cumberland

 754

 Sagadahoc

 659

 Kennebec

 461

 Waldo

 369

 Penobscot

 318

 Knox

 150

 York

 117

 Hancock

 92

 Androscoggin

 8

 Total

7,860

 

Next update: 11:30 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.