Power Restored to 75 Percent Affected by Winter Storm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUSTA, MAINE — March 8, 2018 — 9:15 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), reports power is now back to more than 41,000 homes and businesses out of an estimated 54,350 affected so far by the winter storm that pelted Maine with heavy wet snow and high winds Wednesday and Thursday.
Southern and coastal parts of Maine took the brunt of the storm. More than a foot of snow fell and much of it stuck to tree limbs and branches and brought them down onto power lines. CMP’s storm recovery team includes more than 520 lineworkers, tree workers, pole-setting crews, assessors, and others in support roles. CMP has been working closely with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and county emergency management personnel to prioritize work and ensure public safety.
CMP will have crews working through the night. Because of the scope of the damage and weather and travel conditions which slowed restoration progress today, some customers in the hardest-hit areas of southern and coastal Maine will remain without service overnight. The company continues to update estimated restoration times on its web site: http://www.cmpco.com/outages/outageinformation.html. Tomorrow morning, the company expects to have more crews and equipment working in the hardest hit areas in York County and the Midcoast region with the plan of restoring the vast majority of remaining customers by late Friday evening.
CMP’s web site offers a broad range of outage information, including a description its restoration process (http://www.cmpco.com/Outages/RestorationEfforts.html) and tips for customers to stay safe and comfortable: http://www.cmpco.com/outages/storm_safety.html.
CMP continues to urge customers to stay clear of any downed power lines or debris that may be tangled in lines. Motorists should use caution when driving near utility crews. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com.
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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.