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Opponents of a 145-mile proposed transmission line through Western Maine are launching a second effort to let voters have a say on the project.

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In a devastating blow to opponents of Central Maine Power's controversial powerline proposal, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that a ballot initiative designed to scuttle the $1 billion project is unconstitutional. The ruling all but ensures that the referendum will not appear on the November ballot, leaving the project's many detractors to continue the fight on the permitting and legislative front.

State regulators are fining Central Maine Power a half million dollars for sending out improper disconnection notices last winter.

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Canadian energy giant Hydro-Quebec says it will offer Maine a cut-rate deal on a slice of the electricity carried by a powerline that Central Maine Power wants to build through Maine's western woods. The rest of that supply is contracted to serve customers in Massachusetts.

More than 50 state lawmakers are calling on regulators to reject a proposal by Central Maine Power (CMP) that could allow it to charge ratepayers for unexpected costs caused by the pandemic while leaving the company's shareholders off the hook.

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Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed powerline through the state's western woods are lining up to formally challenge the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) recent permit for the project.

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The company that owns Central Maine Power (CMP) is suing the state of Maine in Cumberland County Superior Court. Avangrid Networks, Inc., is saying that a referendum question that would ask voters if they want to overturn the approval of the company's billion dollar hydropower transmission line through the western Maine woods is unconstitutional.

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Central Maine Power shareholders, not ratepayers, are going to foot the $580,000 cost of an audit that found problems with the way the utility handled customer service issues with its new billing system.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to hold shareholders accountable for the full cost of the audit by Liberty Consulting Group of Pennsylvania. Under Maine law, ratepayers typically pay the full cost of a management audit but there's an exception if an investor-owned public utility like CMP results in a finding of "imprudence."

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Staff at Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Friday afternoon released a draft permit for Central Maine Power’s controversial powerline through western Maine.

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Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would bar foreign nationals and certain foreign corporations from spending to influence ballot campaigns. It is designed to close a loophole in Maine election law, but it could also have an immediate impact on Hydro-Quebec, the electricity supplier for a controversial $1 billion transmission line through western Maine.

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Opponents of a controversial transmission line are condemning a Central Maine Power political action committee for hiring a private investigator to monitor their efforts to scuttle the project via ballot initiative.

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Central Maine Power (CMP) is turning to an old hand in its efforts to prop up its sagging reputation. David Flanagan, the company's CEO in the 1990s, will take over again, as "executive chairman" of the company's board.

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A legislative committee is questioning the legality of a lease for state lands that Central Maine Power needs for its proposed transmission corridor through Western Maine. Lawmakers say the lease requires approval from two-thirds of the Legislature.

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State regulators Thursday rebuked Central Maine Power (CMP) for its poor customer service, reducing its shareholder profits by almost $10 million over the next 18 months and requiring a comprehensive management audit. The action caps a long investigation of the company's botched rollout of a new billing system.

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Maine's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is opening an investigation into Central Maine Power’s (CMP) winter disconnection policies.

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