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CMP Installs First Concrete Utility Pole as Part of Program to Enhance Grid Reliability

AUGUSTA, Maine, October 4, 2013 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has installed its first concrete utility pole.


The new pole, set in the coastal community of Harpswell last month, is being evaluated as part of a larger initiative to enhance the reliability of CMP’s electric distribution system. Other elements of that program — including more frequent line inspections, equipment upgrades, and a five-year tree trimming cycle — have been in place for the past five years.


Concrete utility poles have a strong track record for their ability to withstand wind, ice, heavy snow, and other harsh conditions, and could potentially help CMP to enhance system reliability, according to Joe Purington, director of Electric Distribution at CMP.

“Concrete poles have been used extensively in the southeast and in Ontario,” said Joe Purington, director of Electric Distribution at CMP. “They have a lifetime warranty, require no maintenance, and offer excellent resiliency in all weather conditions, so we thought it was time to give them a try here.”


The poles being evaluated at CMP and its affiliates in New York are built by StressCrete Group, which has operations in Alabama, Kansas, and Ohio in the U.S., and Ontario in Canada. They can be manufactured according to a utility’s own specifications, and their steel-reinforced spun concrete construction makes them particularly durable. Many of the poles set in Canada during the 1950s are still standing, according to StressCrete representatives.


“We will watch the performance of this pole over time to see how well it stands up to the elements,” says Purington. “Future installations will likely depend on broad range of factors, but certainly these poles are worth looking at, considering the harsh weather we experience in our service area.”


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CMP's first concrete utility pole was installed on Harpswell Neck Road last month. The steel-reinforced spun concrete structure is designed and built to withstand extreme weather conditions and requires minimal maintenance. Please e-mail  to get a high resolution version of this photo,




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 seven times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit .


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