Central Maine Power Honors Local Businesses That Helped with Recovery from Christmas Week Ice Storm

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Central Maine Power Honors Local Businesses
That Helped with Recovery from Christmas Week Ice Storm


AUGUSTA, Maine, April 2, 2014  Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, honored nine businesses from the Augusta and Belfast areas for extraordinary contributions during the recovery from the December 2013 ice storm. Sara Burns, president and CEO of Central Maine Power, hosted the special luncheon last week.


Burns told the group that recovery from a severe storm is a community effort.


"CMP is good at putting up poles and wire, but we also need people in the community like you right there beside us," she said, We're grateful that you stepped up."


Just days before Christmas, Maine was hit with a winter storm that left an inch or more of ice on trees, electric delivery infrastructure, and roads. Damage was particularly severe in the Capital District and parts of Maine's Midcoast.


Many businesses were closed for the holiday, making the storm recovery particularly challenging since CMP still needed to secure certain goods and services to aid recovery and to meet the needs of crews working 17-hour shifts. Many of the honored businesses provided food and lodging for repair crews, while others performed construction services that enabled CMP to complete a swift and safe recovery from the devastating storm.


The following businesses were honored:


Bell the Cat - Belfast

Comfort Inn - Belfast

Hannaford Supermarket  Augusta (Cony Circle)

MacLeod's Restaurant - Bucksport

Kinney's Construction - Searsport

Nautilus Seafood & Grill  Belfast

Packard's Small Excavation - Union

Senator Inn & Restaurant - Augusta

The Red Barn - Augusta


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From left to right: Peter and Laura Benedict from the Red Barn Restaurant, Augusta Development Director Matt Nazar, Augusta City Manager William Bridgeo, Iberdrola USA CEO Robert Kump, Melissa and Phil Zayac and Bernie Ouellette from the Cony Circle Hannaford supermarket, Augusta Mayor William Stokes, and CMP President and CEO Sara J. Burns. Please e-mail corpcomm@cmpco.com for a high-resolution version of the above photo.



CMP President and CEO Sara Burns and Iberdrola USA CEO Robert Kump, center, are pictured with people from Bell the Cat, the Fireside Inn, and Nautilus Seafood & Grill, all of Belfast; Kinney's Construction of Searsport; MacLeod's restaurant of Bucksport; and Packard's Small Excavation of Union. Bucksport Mayor David Keen and Economic Development Director David Mylan also joined the celebration. Please e-mail corpcomm@cmpco.com for a high-resolution version of the above photo.



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