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CMP Musters 1,800 Personnel on Christmas Day for Ice Storm Recovery

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, December 25, 2013, 11 a.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has increased its storm recovery workforce to 1,800 in its efforts to repair damage from the ice storm that struck Maine on Monday morning. At 11 a.m. today, an estimated 53,000 accounts remained without service, down from a peak of more than 87,000 Christmas Eve morning. The utility estimates that more than 123,000 customers have lost their power at some point since the icing that began early Monday.

 

“With the addition of the crews who arrived last night, we increased our counts to 455 line crews and 330 tree crews,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “Today, we’ll have at least one full restoration team on every circuit serving every community where we have outages.”

 

 CMP expects to reduce the number of outages to fewer than 30,000 customers today, which would cut the number of outages by half from the count late on Christmas Eve. CMP also projects that the vast majority of customers will have their power restored by late Thursday night, although the restoration may stretch into Friday for some customers in rural or inaccessible areas.

 

List of outages by county as of 11 a.m.

 County         Customers Out
Kennebec          26,336
Waldo                 11,242
Lincoln                  4,693
Hancock                4,322
Androscoggin       2,829
Sagadahoc           2,067
Knox                       1,159
Oxford                        281
Cumberland             189
Franklin                       45
Somerset                    34
Penobscot                  14
Total                     53,211

 

Next update: 5 p.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.