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CMP Customers Could See Rates Raise $3 Per Month

AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposed agreement by Central Maine Power could raise customers' home bills roughly $3 a month.

A rate-case settlement that has been endorsed by the businesses and environmental parties will be considered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission later this month.

The Portland Press Herald reports that CMP got rid of a controversial proposal to charge customers higher monthly service fees if they generate some of their power from solar or other renewable sources.

All major parties in the 14-month proceeding, including the Conservation Law Foundation and the Maine Independent Colleges Association, have signed off on the agreement.

Average CMP home customers pay $78 a month now for energy and distribution charges. Under the agreement, their bill would be 4 percent higher.