GMP Urges Safety for Customers as Storm Leaves Greater-Than-Forecasted Damage
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is urging safety for customers as a multi-part storm drops snow and ice and driving conditions continue to be hazardous throughout Vermont. GMP tracked the storm before it hit with multiple forecasts and crews were ready, working all day restoring power to more than 15,800 customers. Currently about 9,550 are out and more outages are expected as gusty winds are forecasted to continue until midnight. Damage due to icing was greater than forecasted and escalated quickly late today.
“We’ve been tracking this storm for days and have been communicating with multiple forecasters to be prepared to respond quickly and safely for customers. Dangerous road conditions are making travel slow for anyone on the road, including our crews,” said Mike Burke, who leads Field Operations for GMP. “Damage unfortunately from ice and snow loading is greater than forecasted, and crews will be working through the night to help customers.”
GMP had extra crews available and they are joining GMP crews to aid in restoration as more outages are expected tonight, and the company is alerting customers to be prepared for possibly longer outages due to extreme travel conditions and the amount of damage. Report downed lines and trees to GMP and stay away from them because they may be energized. Customers can call (888) 835-4672 to report outages and should call 911 for a medical emergency.
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About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them 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 earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). 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. J.D. Power’s 2018 and 2019 rankings put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction. In 2019, GMP was named “One of the Best Places To Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
We’ve been tracking this storm for days and have been communicating with multiple forecasters to be prepared to respond quickly and safely for customers. Dangerous road conditions are making travel slow for anyone on the road, including our crews.Mike Burke, GMP Chief of Field Operations