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Release: Immediate  

Media Contacts: Gail Rice, 207.622.NEWS, gail.rice@cmpco.com

 

 CMP storm recovery nears 100,000 mark

Utility expects to complete final restoration by Saturday evening

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, November 28, 2014, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has restored power to more than 95 percent of customers who lost service as a result of this week’s Northeaster. As of 9:30 p.m. Friday, fewer than4,000 customers remained without service.

 

The remaining outages are in southern and coastal areas, and CMP expects to restore them by Saturday evening. They affect small groups of customers, especially on seasonal roads, peninsulas, islands, and other hard-to-reach locations.

 

More than 157,000 homes and businesses lost power at some point between Wednesday night and Thursday morning as a Thanksgiving Day northeaster rolled through Maine. The peak number of outages reached nearly 104,000 around 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

 

At CMP’s request, Governor LePage issued a Declaration of Emergency late Wednesday night that allowed 60 utility crews from Canada to drive longer hours during the night to join the restoration effort during the day on Thursday. Nearly 1,000 CMP employees and contractors worked through Thanksgiving Day and Friday.

 

The utility is working to keep customers informed of restoration progress. Customers can find information on CMP’s mobile-friendly web site at www.cmpco.com. Customers can also call CMP’s automated outage line — 1.800.696.1000 — if they want information on restoration progress in specific areas. The utility’s staff is working to update recordings with the latest restoration information.

 

Here is a list of outages by county:

Lincoln: 1,433
York: 1,394
Cumberland: 675
Sagadahoc: 410
CMP Total: 3,912

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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 www.cmpco.com/.

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA is the U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast, providing electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, and energy services. For more information, please visit our website: www.iberdrolausa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @IberdrolaUSA