GMP Crews Restored Power to 6540 Customers After Strong Winds Caused Outages

10 January 2016

Crews Will Keep Working Until All Remaining 1600 Customers Have Power
COLCHESTER, Vt. – After a strong wind storm blew through Vermont Sunday morning, Green Mountain Power crews have restored power to 6540 customers. GMP lineworkers will keep working until everyone has power, with the goal of restoring power to most customers by midnight.
GMP tracks weather events like this one and prepares extensively ahead to ensure safety and to minimize outage time for customers.
“Fast restoration like this is due to a dedicated and highly trained team and advance planning, ” said Kristin Carlson, GMP’s Chief Communications Executive. “We had our crews in place and lined up extra workers in advance of the storm in an effort to respond quickly as soon as outages began. This has allowed us to restore power quickly and also ensure that the public and our crews remain safe. We are so happy the storm did not cause more significant damage.” 
Most of the damage was from trees and wires knocked down from the high winds. The storm hit southern Vermont first and then caused additional outages as it moved north. Right now crews have been redeployed to the Middlebury district, which is now the hardest hit.
“Restoring power to customers is our top priority.” said Carlson. “We are in the winter storm season and encourage everyone to stay safe and be prepared.”
GMP is offering new ways for the public to stay informed during weather events like this. Customers may sign up for text service to report outages and get updates. Simply text REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or signing up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts. Customers can also sign up for GMP’s award winning 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

Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power. (802) 229-8200