Equipment failure blamed for Maine power outage

Posted Dec. 24, 2008, at 10:06 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An equipment failure that knocked out a main transmission line is blamed for an outage in and around Augusta that left nearly 8,000 Central Maine Power Co. customers in the dark.

CMP spokesman John Carroll said a malfunctioning lightning arrester at a substation in the Augusta area caused the outage at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday. Service was restored to some affected customers by 3 p.m. and to everyone by 3:40 p.m.

The latest outage affected more homes and businesses in the Augusta service area than the major ice storm did earlier this month. Some 220,000 CMP customers lost power during the ice storm, but only 7,000 of those were in the Augusta area.