GMP crews restore power to 17,000 customers
Green Mountain Power crews worked through the night to restore power to more than 17,000 customers who lost power when thunderstorms and high winds crossed Vermont Tuesday evening. Crews throughout Vermont responded quickly as reports of outages came in.
“Our team responded quickly and efficiently to outages across the new GMP service territory,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP corporate spokesperson.
The storm hit with a double punch, taking out customers in northern Vermont areas for a second time just as the initial restoration was nearly complete. GMP staff tracked storm cells moving across the state to assess where to move crews to restore power to the areas hardest hit as quickly as possible. The “new” Green Mountain Power’s combined resources enable more efficient planning and response.
As of early Tuesday morning, 361 customers remained without power. Restoration is anticipated to be complete by noon.
The “new” Green Mountain Power was created on June 27 with the merger of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service. The combined company experienced its first storm-response test days later on July 4 when high winds ripped through north and eastern Vermont resulting in 13,000 customers losing electric services. Power was restored to all customers by the next day. GMP field operations leaders estimated that the response time was 30 percent faster because the combined crews were able to move more rapidly to storm affected areas affected by the storm.
If customers experience an outage they can report it on the company’s website at www.greenmountainpower.com or by calling-1-888-835-4672. A report on current outages is always available at www.greenmountainpower.com or www.vtoutages.com.
Storms and power outages can present serious risks to customers, including risks related to flooding, downed wires, generator use, and voltage problems. Green Mountain Power reminds people never to attempt to remove tree or limbs from a utility line and to stay away from downed lines.
Source: GMP 7.18.2012