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CMP Completes Final Storm Preparations
AUGUSTA, Maine, February 8, 2013 — Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports few problems from dry snow and light winds on Friday. The company will have extra staff on duty overnight and will have storm-response personnel at all field locations before daybreak tomorrow when high winds are expected sweep across the state.
“We don’t expect the wind or snow to cause too many problems through this evening, although we have increased our staffing for the commuting hours and the overnight,” said John Carroll, spokesman for CMP. “ Our storm response team has pre-positioned crews and materials, and all our employees have been put on notice to expect a more challenging day tomorrow. We expect wind gusts in the fifties and heavy snow to move in by early tomorrow morning, so all of our crews are scheduled to report to field offices by 5 a.m.”
CMP has lined up 68 additional line crews from Maine and Canada plus 130 tree crews to add to the Company’s regular contingent of 90 line crews and support personnel.
The utility is keeping state agencies, including the Maine Emergency Management Agency, apprised of its storm preparation efforts. The governor has declared a limited state of emergency that waives federal rules, extends the hours of utility workers and allows crews from Canada to assist with repairs.
If outages occur, CMP urges customers to call the toll-free outage hotline: 1-800-696-1000.
CMP offers customers the following tips to stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.
• Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
• When you use an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly.
• Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
• For customers with generators:
o Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s owner manual.
o Don’t run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
o Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
o Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
o Don’t store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.
o Refer to CMP’s web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/default.html
The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines or fallen trees that may be tangled in the lines,” said Carroll. “These lines should be considered live and dangerous. Customers should leave the clean-up to our crews, who are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”
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 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.