SOURCE: Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power

August 30, 2011 18:17 ET

GMP Nearly Completes Power Restoration From Hurricane Irene

COLCHESTER, VT--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - Green Mountain Power has restored power to nearly all of the 40,000 customers who lost power during Hurricane Irene. By Tuesday evening, only 237 customers remained without power, not including 434 customers in the Waterbury and Wilmington areas who need state or fire department inspections before power can be safely turned back on due to flooding of their home or business.

"Hurricane Irene caused so much devastation across Vermont, and I'm glad that we could help ease some of the pain by restoring power very quickly to our customers," said Mary Powell, GMP president and chief executive officer. "Our extensive planning and preparation really paved the way for us to respond quickly and effectively for our customers."

GMP essentially doubled its workforce by bringing in additional line workers and tree trimmers and spreading them around the state where they were needed. GMP also pre-staged most of its office staff to locations around the state to handle the logistics of managing to feed, house and supply the army of responders.

Green Mountain Power restored power throughout the storm, working day and night. At no point were more than 12,000 customers without power at the same time, but a total of 40,000 customer outages were recorded.

GMP officials expect that of the customers without power that do not need electrical inspections, all will be restored this evening, with the possible exception of an off-road location in Moretown that needs specialized equipment that is currently en route.

As restoration efforts wind down, Green Mountain Power has sent many of the additional line workers and tree trimmers to Central Vermont Public Service and other utilities across New England still experiencing large numbers of customer outages.

GMP will restore power to the flooded customers in Wilmington and Waterbury as they complete the required safety inspections. It is expected that those restorations will continue throughout the week.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers.