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Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service celebrate gift to Maine Winter Sports Center

Release Date:  11-18-2013

Celebration of Maine Winter Sports Center

Presque Isle, ME - Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service Company announced today a major sponsorship with the Maine Winter Sports Center and its Healthy Hometowns program.  During a news conference at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service President Gerry Chasse announced a donation of $250,000 to the program.

“We have  a strong commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work,” Chasse said. “We’re particularly excited to support the Maine Winter Sports Center Healthy Hometowns program – recognized as one of the best youth development programs in the world. I can’t think of a better place than this sponsorship for the first public use of our new company name – Emera Maine.”

Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service effectively have been operating as one company for some time and on January 1 will make it official by coming together under the name Emera Maine. 

"The Maine Winter Sports Center and our Healthy Hometowns program is in more than 140 communities across Maine, empowering youth to lead healthy, active, outdoor lifestyles,” said Andy Shepard, Maine Winter Sports Center President and CEO.   “To continue making a difference we need the support of Maine’s business community and are proud and honored to have Emera Maine come on board as a partner in creating a healthier Maine.” 

At the event, Chasse presented a check to Andrew Shepard of the Maine Winter Sports Center while student-athletes shared stories of what the Maine Winter Sports Center has meant to them, and why support of the Healthy Hometowns program matters to Maine. 

Also present was Rob Bennett, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Inc, parent company of Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service and their successor, Emera Maine.

“While we will soon have a new company name, we are the same people, with the same commitment to our community. And we can’t think of a better place to show that than through support of the Maine Winter Sports Center,” Chasse added.

Photo caption: Rob Bennet (left), EVP/COO of Emera, Inc. and Gerry Chasse (right), President/COO of Bangor Hydro/Maine Public Service, join coaches and young participants of the Maine Winter Sports Center's Healthy Hometowns Program at the Nordick Heritage Center in Presque Isle. Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service are merging to become Emera Maine effective January 1, 2014.

Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service are regulated electricity transmission and distribution utilities wholly-owned by Emera Inc. Halifax, NS (EMA-TSX. Bangor Hydro serves 117,000 customers in an area encompassing 5,275 square miles in eastern and east coastal Maine, and is a member of the New England Power Pool and is interconnected with other New England utilities to the south and with the New Brunswick Power Corp. to the north. Maine Public Service serves approximately 36,000 electricity customer accounts in Northern Maine. To learn more visit our websites at www.bangorhydro.com and www.mainepublicservice.com.

Emera Inc. is an energy and services company with $7.4 billion in assets and 2011 revenues of $2.1 billion. 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, in three Caribbean countries. More than 80% of the company's earnings come from regulated investments. 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. Additional information can be accessed at www.emera.com, www.sedar.com, or on www.sec.gov.