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CMP Reports More Progress on Ice Storm Recovery
AUGUSTA, Maine, December 25, 2013, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, continues to make progress in efforts to restore power to customers who lost service in this week’s ice storm. At 9 p.m., the estimated number of outages was 30,813, down from a peak of 87,000 Tuesday morning. The utility estimates more than 123,000 customers have lost service at some point during the storm.
“We are set to achieve our goal to reduce the number of outages to fewer than 30,000 customers by late this evening, and we will continue to work around the clock until that number reaches zero,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We have had 1,800 people working on this effort, and as we finish up repairs in some areas, we will move more crews into places like Kennebec, Waldo, and Hancock Counties, where damage was the heaviest.”
CMP 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. The utility also cautions that snow forecast for Thursday could slow repair efforts and delay restoration for additional customers into Friday.
CMP President Sara Burns expressed her gratitude for all the help provided to CMP for its storm recovery efforts.
“This has been a difficult storm recovery, and we appreciate all the support we have received from emergency management agencies, contractors, and the many out-of-state crews who came to Maine to offer their support,” she said. “One of the biggest challenges of working on Christmas is finding a way to feed large numbers of people, and Hannaford supermarkets, Lisa’s Restaurant and Catering, and the Senator Inn in Augusta were all a tremendous help. We are very grateful to the people at these businesses who sacrificed time with their families at Christmas to help us out.”
List of outages by county as of 9 p.m.:
County Current Outages Customers reporting at least one outage since 1 a.m. Monday
Kennebec 15,425 43,281
Waldo 7,764 20,581
Lincoln 2,907 7,600
Hancock 2,407 5,130
Sagadahoc 1,065 6,287
Androscoggin 751 23,572
Knox 449 4,463
Franklin 45 2,391
Penobscot 13 714
Somerset 11 4,929
Oxford 6 1,923
Cumberland 0 2,181
Piscataquis 0 60
York 0 304
CMP Total: 30,843 123,416
Next update: 11 a.m. Thursday.
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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.