GMP nearly completes power restoration from Hurricane Irene

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power has restored power to all of its customers affected by Hurricane Irene, with the exception of customers whose homes or businesses were flooded and required inspection by state officials before power could be restored safely. Of the 338 customers currently without power, we have received inspection certificates for 20 of them and are working now to restore power to those customers tonight. We will continue to restore power to customers as their inspections are completed in the coming days. More than 40,000 outages were reported during the storm. If any customer does not have power and does not need electrical inspection due to flooding, they should call Green Mountain Power at 1-888-835-4672. (1-888-TEL-GMPC). “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 PowerGreen 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. www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external). COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – August 30, 2011) –last_img read more