Emera Maine prepares for latest winter storm

Bangor, ME – As forecasters track the winter storm now bearing down on the state, Emera Maine is assembling resources and ensuring appropriate staffing is in place should the snowstorm cause power outages within the utility’s service territory. Trucks are fueled and equipped, and Emera Maine personnel have already held a pre-storm planning session to discuss staffing levels and finalize our storm-response should conditions warrant.

We’re monitoring the weather closely,” said Kim Wadleigh, Vice President, Transmission and Distribution Operations for Emera Maine. “With a combination of heavy snow, icing and strong winds expected, we’re bracing ourselves for what could result in power outages and difficult travel, so we’re taking the necessary steps to be sure our people, equipment, and resources are ready to engage at a moment’s notice.”

Customers are urged to call our Customer Service Center and report outages by calling toll-free at 1-855-EMERA11 (363-7211). The call center will be staffed throughout the storm.

Emera Maine encourages customers to follow these tips to be prepared for the storm:

- Keep candles, flashlights and radios on hand, in addition to fresh drinking water and non-perishable foods.

- Make sure electronic communication tools such as cell phones and tablets are fully charged.

- Fill your vehicle’s fuel tank.

In addition, the utility offers the following safety tips:

- Never touch a downed line, or a tree in contact with a downed line

. - Never run a generator indoors, or even in an attached garage with the door open.

- Do not attempt to refuel a generator or heater while it’s running.

- Be sure alternate heat sources are well ventilated, installed properly, and used according to manufacturer guidelines.

- Never use grills or camp stoves indoors; they can give off dangerous fumes.

Outage counts and estimated restoration times will be posted on our website, www.emeramaine.com. Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro District customers may also check our live outage map for real-time outage and restoration information. (NOTE: Enhancements to the live outage map to include Maine Public District customers is currently in development.) Follow us on Twitter – @emerame

Emera Maine, headquartered in Bangor, Maine, is Maine's second largest electric utility. The company delivers electricity to 154,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers throughout eastern and northern Maine. Emera Maine came to be as the result of a merger of Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service. Bangor Hydro became part of the Emera Inc. group of companies in 2001 and MPS was acquired in 2010. The two companies formally merged as one utility on January 1, 2014.Emera Maine's service territory spans 9,350 square miles over five counties. The company's 410 employees operate a system consisting of 1,056 miles of transmission lines, 6,654 miles of distribution lines, 260 miles of underground and submarine cable, as well as 104 substations.Both companies are committed to operational excellence, growth through transmission development, and providing energy solutions to its customers. Learn more at www.emeramaine.com.

Emera Inc. is an energy and services company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as gas transmission and utility energy services. Emera's strategy is focused on the transformation of the electricity industry to cleaner generation and the delivery of that clean energy to market. Emera has interests throughout northeastern North America and in three Caribbean countries. Emera common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade respectively under the symbol EMA, EMA.PR.A, and EMA.PR.C.