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Maine's Public Advocate wants state regulators to require utilities to promptly disclose breaches in customer confidentiality.

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Central Maine Power's proposal to bring a massive amount of electricity from Canada through western Maine to Massachusetts will lower electricity costs throughout the region, and ease winter-time price spikes as well; at least, that's the pitch Massachusetts officials are making to regulators there.

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Central Maine Power Company estimates that the response and recovery from an October windstorm will cost more than $68 million. Short-term, company officials say they will seek to charge a portion of this cost - $27 million - to customers.

HALLOWELL, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission is opening an inquiry into the preparedness and response of Maine's electric companies following a powerful windstorm the day before Halloween.
 
The storm left more than half the state's population in the dark, and it took Central Maine Power up to 10 days to restore power to all customers.
 
All told, about 400,000 CMP customers and 90,000 Emera Maine customers lost service, making it the largest power outage in Maine history.
 

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With hundreds of thousands of customers without power, Maine's utilities are scrambling to restore service.  But Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice says it could take several days before all of its customers get the lights back on.  Rice spoke with Maine Public's Susan Sharon.

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Utility crews say it may take several days for some customers to get their electricity back, after the powerful early-season snowstorm that hit parts of the state on Sunday.

Central Maine Power and Emera Maine have brought in extra crews from neighboring New England states and the Canadian Maritimes to help with restoration efforts, which could take several days. The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some Midcoast communities.