CMP Tree Care Will Enhance Service in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties




AUGUSTA, Maine, March 14, 2016 Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), will perform tree-trimming work in 17 communities in Penobscot and Piscataquis during the coming weeks. The work along utility lines 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 CMP Spokesperson Gail Rice. Trees contacting lines is the most frequent cause of blinking clocks and power outages, so customers should see better reliability as the crews trim along the roadsides in their towns.


CMP's arborists and contractors are working in Abbot, Beaver Cove, Big Moose Township, Blanchard, Carmel, Dexter, Frenchtown, Greenville, Guilford, Lily Bay, Monson, Moosehead Junction Township, Parkman, Sangerville, Shirley, and Wellington.


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 Rice.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 trimming 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  click on Usage and Safety, then Tree Care.


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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, representing about 80% of Maine's annual consumer sales of electricity. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times

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, and renewable electricity generation, through two primary lines of business. Avangrid Networks includes eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.1 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates 6.3 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, in states across the U.S. AVANGRID employs 7,000 people. The company was formed by a merger between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings in 2015. IBERDROLA S.A. (Madrid: IBE), a worldwide leader in the energy industry, owns 81.5% of AVANGRID.


Media Contact:

Gail Rice
Central Maine Power
207.622.NEWS (207.622.6397)