Central Maine Power Tree Care Will Enhance Service in Kennebec and Somerset Counties




AUGUSTA, Maine, July 24, 2017  Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), continues pruning trees along utility lines in 16 communities in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. The work is part of CMP's $20 million annual vegetation management program to maintain the reliability of its transmission and distribution lines.

"We maintain nearly 25,000 miles of roadside distribution lines on a five-year cycle of vegetation clearing, inspection, and repair, said Tom Irwin, head of Vegetation Management at CMP. "Trees and limbs that come in contact with lines are the most frequent cause of blinking clocks and power outages, so customers should continue to see strong reliability in their electric service as a result of this necessary work."

CMP's arborists and contractors are working in Anson, Bingham, Cambridge, Canaan, Clinton, Concord, Cornville, Embden, Fayette, Gardiner, Litchfield, Manchester, Pittsfield, Solon, West Gardiner, and Winthrop.

CMP urges motorists to use caution when they encounter tree crews working alongside Maine roads.

"These crews play a key role in helping CMP provide the safe, reliable service that our customers depend on, said Irwin. The work can be difficult, so we urge motorists who pass these crews to proceed slowly and at a safe distance."

CMP contracts with professional arborists who are required to follow practices established by the International Society of Arboriculture. These include consideration for the health, shape, strength, growth rate, and appearance of trees before and after pruning. CMP notifies customers about its vegetation management activities every year with inserts in its bills. Customers can sign up to receive a notice when tree work is happening in their area. For more information, call CMP Customer Service at 1-800-750-4000.

Additional information about CMP's tree care program, along with tips for tree planting and care can be found on CMP's Web site at http://www.cmpco.com  click on Usage and Safety, then "Tree Care."

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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.


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Gail Rice
Central Maine Power
207.622.NEWS (207.622.6397)