CMP Increases Power Reliability in Turner and Livermore
AUGUSTA, ME – September 12, 2022 – Central Maine Power (CMP) has enhanced power reliability for customers in Turner and Livermore through upgrades to the local distribution system. CMP increased voltage levels to accommodate higher demand on the local electric grid, ultimately making it more resilient and minimizing the frequency of outages for customers in the area. Approximately 2,263 customers will benefit from these enhancements.
“As climate change continues to test our electric grid, we must adapt and enhance its resiliency,” said CMP President and CEO Joe Purington. “Here in Maine, we’re experiencing more frequent and intense storms, warmer temperatures, and seeing more folks rely on electricity for their everyday needs than ever before. We’re working diligently to ensure the grid is able to meet the needs of the future and is prepared to take on more clean, renewable energy that Mainers can depend on for years to come.”
This project includes a number of enhancements that will increase both the reliability of power in the area and the resiliency of the grid. Included in those upgrades are:
- Enhanced “switching” capabilities to allow CMP to draw power from nearby circuits to avoid service interruptions for customers.
- Installation of stronger, taller poles that enable greater clearance for vehicle traffic
- Coated tree wire that is better able to withstand tree/limb contact from outside the company’s approved trimming zone.
- And improved communications systems tied to CMP’s Energy Control Center, ultimately increasing response times to outages.
To learn more about CMP’s commitment to Maine’s electric grid, please visit here.
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About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. Established in 1899 and based in Augusta, Maine, CMP serves approximately 646,000 customers across 346 communities in central and southern Maine. It operates approximately 23,500 miles of distribution lines and 2,900 miles of transmission lines. Over the last decade, the company has invested approximately $3.5 billion in Maine system infrastructure.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $40 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021 and 2022 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2022, AVANGRID ranked second within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2022 for the fourth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.