FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUSTA, MAINE March 7, 2018 Central Maine Power Co. (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), has been monitoring weather forecasts and is prepared for a winter storm forecast to bring heavy snow and gusty winds to Maine Wednesday and Thursday.
CMP's storm readiness teams have been holding planning meetings, and the company is pre-positioning personnel and equipment to ensure that adequate resources are in place to restore power outages that might occur as a result of the storm. The company is coordinating its preparations with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and county emergency management personnel.
Current forecasts call for snow to arrive Wednesday afternoon and continue into Thursday, with accumulations of more than a foot in some areas. The snow could coat tree limbs, bringing them down onto power lines and causing outages. Wind gusts may also cause tree limbs from outside the utility's trim zone to come into contact with lines.
CMP offers customers the following tips to prepare for the storm and stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.
Before a storm strikes:
Enroll in the free CMP Alerts service, which provides the latest information about power outages by text message, email, or voice message.
Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
Make sure that smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are fully charged.
Fill your car's fuel tank.
For customers with generators:
Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
Properly ground all portable generators.
Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator's operating manual.
Never run a generator indoors, or even in an open garage.
If your carbon monoxide detector goes off get out of the building immediately and call 911.
Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it's running.
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.