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Emera Maine Crews Headed to Delaware to Assist with Winter Storm Jonah

Release Date:  01-22-2016

Bangor and Presque Isle, Maine – Emera Maine packed up a dozen of its bucket trucks – with line workers, field supervisors, and a mechanic – and saw them off this morning in anticipation of extensive power outages expected as a result of the winter storm moving across the Mid-Atlantic States. Winter storm Jonah is likely to bring crippling snow and heavy icing; more than 65 million Americans are under blizzard warnings from D.C. to New York City and widespread power outages are expected.

Our crews will be providing assistance to line workers from Delmarva Power, an electric utility serving more than 500,000 customers in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

“We are really pleased to be able to help folks as they face this huge storm,” said Scott Richards, Superintendent of Line & Meter Operations for Emera Maine. “We know the line crews from Delmarva will be stretched thin, and our people are used to working in this kind of extreme weather, so it’s only natural we would send our experienced crews to provide back-up. Customers there are likely in for a long few days, so we’ll be doing our best to safely restore power and get people back on line.”

Both Emera Maine and Delmarva Power are part of the North Atlantic Mutual Aid Group – NAMAG – a group of utilities which provide backup for one another during large storms and outage events. Emera Maine is no stranger to the process, having been on the receiving end of assistance in recent years during large storms. Just two weeks ago, crews from Atlantic Canada and elsewhere in Maine helped workers restore power to thousands of Emera Maine customers following a large wind storm.

“This is our opportunity to ‘Pay it Forward’ and help others just as they’ve helped us,” said Alan Richardson, President and COO of Emera Maine. “Maine is fortunate to have been spared this time around, so if we can help our neighbors to the south, by all means we will.”

Any costs associated with sending Emera Maine crews to Delaware will be absorbed by customers served by
Delmarva Power. Emera Maine customers will not be affected.