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CMP Reports More Storm Recovery Progress Despite Snow, Tough Working Conditions
AUGUSTA, Maine, December 26, 2013, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports it has restored service to more than 105,000 customer accounts affected by this week’s ice storm. As of 5 p.m., the company reports an estimated 17,000 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.
“We continued to make progress today, despite the snow which made travel and working conditions difficult,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We will continue to work toward today’s goal to reduce outage numbers to fewer than 10,000 by late tonight.”
Carroll added that the final stages of service recovery can be very labor intensive and time consuming.
“We’re now working on narrow, rural roads or rights of way, and a crew may work for hours to restore service to only one or two customers.”
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 5 p.m.
County Current Outages Customers reporting at least one
outage since 1 a.m. Monday
Kennebec 7,462 43,281
Waldo 6,204 20,581
Hancock 1,271 5,130
Lincoln 998 7,600
Somerset 278 4,929
Sagadahoc 149 6,287
Franklin 109 2,391
Androscoggin 74 23,572
Knox 74 4,463
Penobscot 4 714
Cumberland 0 2,181
Oxford 0 1,923
Piscataquis 0 60
York 0 304
Total 16,623 123,416
Next update: 9 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.