SOURCE: Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power

December 07, 2010 17:17 ET

GMP Offers Storm Assistance Ten Times in 2010

COLCHESTER, VT--(Marketwire - December 7, 2010) - Green Mountain Power crews wrapped up power restoration for its customers quickly last week and then headed off to help other utilities in Vermont restore power to their customers. This was the tenth time this year that Green Mountain Power was able to offer assistance to other utilities, including Vermont and other New England utilities.

"Several factors contributed to our quick restoration times, enabling us to help others," said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. "Our advanced technology helps us to pinpoint the damage and prioritize restoration according to the most customers affected. In addition, our investments in tree trimming and capital improvements to our system help us avoid some of the severe outages that may otherwise have occurred. And of course, our field staff invests a lot of energy and long hours to restore service as quickly as possible."

By Thursday evening, Green Mountain Power restored service to all but a handful of its customers and sent crews to help Central Vermont Public Service and Vermont Electric Cooperative, who still had thousands of customers without power. VEC has reported that this storm, which began Wednesday, was its worst ever.

 "In Vermont, electric utilities work very cooperatively to help each other out. We were pleased that of the utilities significantly affected by last week's storm, we were the first utility to restore power and send crews to help our fellow utilities," added Ms. Powell.

This weekend may offer another opportunity for utilities to help each other. Last week's outages were largely caused by high winds toppling trees and branches onto lines, and similar weather predicted for this weekend could bring additional outages.

Green Mountain Power recommends customers prepare for outages by having these items on hand:

  • A battery-powered flashlight
  • A portable radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Canned foods
  • A manual can opener
  • A phone that does not need electricity to function
  • Bottled water

It is very important to stay away from downed power lines. Assume all lines are live, as touching them could be fatal. It is also important to know the symptoms of hypothermia and take extra care to keep children and the elderly safe and warm.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power ( generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves 95,000 customers.