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Release: Immediate  

 

CMP Crews Gain Ground in Ice Storm Recovery

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, December 25, 2013, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports that 39,000 customer accounts remain without power after an estimated 123,000 lost service due to damage from an ice storm that struck Maine on Monday morning. CMP expects to reduce the number of outages to fewer than 30,000 customers by tonight.

 

“With help from companies from Canada and throughout the northeast, we have five times our normal number of line crews, and they have made steady progress in every county affected by the storm,” said John Carroll. “The work will continue through the night, but we realize that’s not much comfort to those customers facing another cold night.”

 

The CMP restoration effort included 1,800 personnel on Christmas Day including 455 line crews and 330 tree crews. CMP reported that it had at least one full restoration team on every circuit serving every community with outages.

 

Outages as of 5 p.m., Dec. 25, 2013

 

County                 Current Outages             Customers reporting at least one outage since 1 a.m. Monday

Kennebec             21,023                                    43,281
Waldo                      9,375                                    20,581
Lincoln                    3,608                                      7,600
Hancock                 2,761                                       5,130
Sagadahoc            1,440                                       6,287
Androscoggin        1,121                                    23,572
Knox                           535                                       4,463
Franklin                       45                                        2,391
Somerset                    34                                       4,929
Penobscot                  14                                          714
Cumberland                 -                                        2,181
Oxford                             -                                        1,923
Piscataquis                   -                                             60
York                                 -                                           304
Total                     39,956                                   123,416

Next update: 9 p.m. 12/25/13.

 

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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.