GMP Crews Make Progress, Restoring Power to 16,000

24 July 2016

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power crews have made significant progress restoring power since fierce thunderstorms pounded Vermont, parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts Saturday afternoon. More than 16,000 customers have been restored, with under 10,000 still without power. In total about 500 people are working to make repairs and get the power on to remaining customers.
 “This was a really fast-moving, intense storm that caused incredible damage that we are working hard to make repairs,” said Kristin Carlson, Chief Communications Executive. “To restore power to the remaining customers we need to clean up fallen trees, reset poles and restring lines across the state. It is an intensive effort and crews are working hard and won’t stop until all have power.”
Crews have been working through the night and additional contract crews from out of state are supporting the all-out effort to restore power. With the extensive damage, Green Mountain Power expects restoration efforts to continue through Monday. The storm hit harder then predicted, and has caused damage across New England.
Green Mountain Power reminds the public that there are many trees down with power lines tangled in the trees. The lines could still be live and people should stay away from the lines and keep children and pets away until GMP crews arrive.
“Our top priority is to keep the public safe and get the lights back on. Lining up additional external crews in advance of this storm has helped with that effort,” said Carlson. “We are also preparing for a new round of storms that could hit Monday and cause another round of damage.”
Green Mountain Power will provide updates on Facebook, Twitter and to the media. Customers may report outages and get updates through GMP’s text service or award winning app, as well as calling 1-888-835-4672, or visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com.
To get the latest information on outages and restoration times, customers can sign up for text service alerts, by texting REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or signing up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts. Customers can also sign up for GMP’s app to report outages with a touch of a finger at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for GMP.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities.  GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower. 

Kristin Carlson
Green Mountain Power
(802) 229-8200