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CMP Crews Restore Power to More Than 100,000 Customers as Ice Storm Recovery Continues
AUGUSTA, Maine, December 26, 2013, 11 a.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. As of 11 a.m., the company reports 21,000 customers without power. The company has made steady progress since the number of outages peaked at 87,000 on Tuesday morning. The utility estimates more than 123,000 customers have lost service at some point during the storm.
“Yesterday, our goals were to keep all our crews safe, working, and well-fed on Christmas Day, while getting our outage count below 30,000,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We met those goals, but progress today could be slower because it’s snowing and at this stage in the recovery, many crews are working in a lot of remote areas where the roads are narrow or barely passable.”
CMP reports that it has deployed 2,200 personnel in the storm recovery, including 455 two-man line crews and 450 tree crews. The company expects to restore power to the majority of customers by late tonight, although snow and difficult working conditions are likely to push the final restoration into Friday, especially for customers in rural areas or where access is difficult.
List of outages by county as of 11 a.m.:
County Current Outages Customers reporting at least
one outage since 1 a.m. Monday
Kennebec 9,723 43,281
Waldo 5,616 20,581
Lincoln 2,312 7,600
Hancock 1,693 5,130
Sagadahoc 511 6,287
Androscoggin 653 23,572
Knox 246 4,463
Franklin 45 2,391
Penobscot 13 714
Somerset 11 4,929
Oxford - 1,923
Cumberland - 2,181
Piscataquis - 60
York - 304
CMP Total: 20,823 123,416
Next update: 5 p.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.