Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is nearly finished with a system upgrade that will enhance service in the Belgrade Lakes area. In order to complete the work, the utility will need to interrupt power to an estimated 5,700 customers early Saturday morning, April 11. The outage will start at 12:01 a.m., and CMP expects to restore service to all customers by 6 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the outage will take place during the same hours on Sunday, April 12.
“We need to interrupt service to customers to finish this upgrade safely and efficiently,” says CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “We scheduled this work during the overnight hours to minimize disruption for customers, and we appreciate their patience and understanding as we complete this important project.”
CMP upgraded its North Augusta Substation and built a new 34-kilovolt circuit, which gives the utility two options for feeding electricity to the area.
“This upgrade gives us much more flexibility for serving homes and businesses in the Belgrade Lakes region,” said Rice. “We expect fewer outages, and on rare occasion there is a power interruption, quicker restoration.”
CMP is making automated phone calls to affected customers to keep them informed of this weekend’s work.