Central Maine Power Restores Service to 250,000
More than 300 added to storm recovery workforce Wednesday
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUSTA, Maine — November 1, 2017 — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a diversified energy and utility company, estimates it has restored power to nearly 65 percent of the customers who lost service after a wind and rain storm tore through the state earlier this week. By 10 p.m. Wednesday, outages had dropped to an estimated 154,000 customer accounts from a peak of 404,000 at midday Monday.
“We had another day of great progress restoring power and keeping our workers and the public safe,” said CMP President and CEO Sara Burns. “No storm in our history has left us with this many outages, not even the ice storm of 1998. The good news is while it took three weeks to restore service following the ice storm, recovery from this one will be much, much quicker.”
CMP started Wednesday with a storm recovery workforce of 1,800 people and added about 300 more over the course of the day. Additional crews will hit the road Thursday morning, and more are on their way from other states.
The company will work around the clock to continue to bring more customers on line, with the majority to have service back by late Saturday. The only exceptions could be homes on remote camp lines and in areas where flooding or downed trees prevent access. CMP is working to post more specific restoration information on the Outage Central section of its web site.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration can be found at www.cmpco.com.
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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $31 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates more than 6 gigawatts of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,800 people. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR). As Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility, CMP serves 618,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s customer base. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.