Central Maine Power Donates Award-Winning Book to Maine Schools and Libraries




Augusta, ME, February 4, 2016  Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, has put another award-winning children's book in hundreds of public libraries and Maine schools for the 16th consecutive year. The Company recently donated copies of Nana in the City to more than 600 public, private, and parochial schools and public libraries in its service territory. The Association of Library Service to Children designated Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo, as an Honor Book in 2015.

"We're happy to donate this wonderful book to the libraries and schools we serve, said Sara Burns, president and CEO of Central Maine Power. We hope Nana in the City will spark a love for reading and creativity that lasts a lifetime."

CMP's donation comes as part of the utility's charitable giving to community initiatives that help Maine families and communities engage children in the lifelong rewards of reading, learning, and educational success. During a recent visit to a local elementary school where she read the book to a kindergarten class, Burns pointed out that it's important for all students to excel at reading, no matter what they want to do when they grow up.

Nana in the City tells the story of a young boy's trip to the city for a visit with his grandmother. The city noises and crowds initially scare the boy, but with help from Nana, his fears turn to excitement, and he finds vitality, beauty, and energy in the city his grandmother loves so much. Along with illustrating the special connection between grandparent and grandchild, Nana in the City shows youngsters that they can overcome their fears and welcome new environments and experiences.

The book donation is among several community-service initiatives at CMP designed to raise children's aspirations and help to prepare them to lead full, productive lives. The Company also has provided scholarships to students enrolled in engineering and technology programs at the University of Maine and Kennebec Valley Community College.

CMP's commitment to the communities we serve goes well beyond providing safe, reliable power delivery,said Burns. The support we provide to educational programs helps put our young people on the path to becoming productive adults that can help local business and communities prosper.


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CMP President and CEO Sara Burns reads Nana and the City to a group of local kindergarten students. During the visit, Burns pointed out that it�s important for all students to excel at reading, no matter what they want to do when they grow up. (For a high resolution version of this photo, please e-mail gail.rice@cmpco.com.)



About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of AVANGRID (NYSE:AGR), 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.

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE:AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with $30 billion in assets and operations in 25 states. The company operates regulated utilities, electricity generation, and natural gas storage through three primary lines of business. Iberdrola USA Networks includes eight electric and natural gas utilities serving 3.1 million customers in New York and New England. Iberdrola Renewables operates 6.3 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, in states across the U.S. Iberdrola Energy Holdings operates 120 Bcf of owned or contracted natural gas storage and hub service facilities in the South and West. AVANGRID employs 7,000 people. The company was formed as a business combination between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings in 2015. AVANGRID remains an affiliate of the Iberdrola Group, a worldwide leader in the energy industry.

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Gail Rice
Central Maine Power
207.622.NEWS (207.622.6397)