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A legislative effort emerged Thursday to put Central Maine Power's proposed billion-dollar transmission line on hold.

HALLOWELL, Maine - An investigation into a series of power outages in Maine has been extended into the summer.

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At a hearing in Augusta Thursday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) considered whether to approve a negotiated settlement that Central Maine Power (CMP) is offering in order to build a 145-mile transmission line from Canada through western Maine to deliver power to Massachusetts. The deal has the backing of Governor Janet Mills and the state’s Public Advocate, but environmental groups are split, and several municipalities along the transmission line are also opposed.

HALLOWELL, Maine — Supporters and critics are going to weigh in on Central Maine Power incentives aimed at winning support for a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine.

Residents of the Franklin County town of Wilton voted last night to rescind the community's support for Central Maine Power's proposed transmission line, known as the New England Clean Energy Connect Project.

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As Gov. Janet Mills builds out her climate agenda, it could get a boost from the deal-making around Central Maine Power's proposal to build a new transmission line through western Maine.

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The dispute over Central Maine Power's proposed transmission line through western Maine landed last night in Farmington, the hometown of Gov. Janet Mills. She strongly endorsed the project last week, but at the town’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting, CMP officials faced an audience full of skeptical opponents.

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Central Maine Power’s push to build a controversial new transmission line through western Maine’s forests so that hydropower from Quebec can be served to Massachusetts customers received a big boost last week when Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed onto the proposal. But questions about the project persist, including this one: What happens if the state experiences widespread power outages?

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Gov. Janet Mills and two environmental groups are signing on to Central Maine Power's bid to build a controversial new transmission line through western Maine's forests. That significantly broadens the coalition of interests supporting the project, but the deal is also drawing fire from other environmental groups, grassroots opponents and some renewable energy developers in Maine.

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Gov. Janet Mills seems to be warming to Central Maine Power’s plan to build a major new power line through western Maine’s forests, now that CMP and Hydro-Quebec are offering a new benefits package to the state.

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Central Maine Power Company and Hydro-Quebec are offering a benefit package worth hundreds of millions of dollars to try to win support of their controversial plan to build a transmission line through western Maine forests.

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On Wednesday Central Maine Power Company (CMP) took a public drubbing at the hands of state regulators who were upset over numerous botched billing practices. Now CMP has a new customer service snafu on its hands. The company recently told 62,000 residential customers they would get a bill credit, but they will not.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission's Consumer Assistance and Safety Division says Central Maine Power should immediately address a number of customer service issues.

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Stakeholders in Central Maine Power's proposal to build a new high-voltage transmission line through western Maine begin formal negotiations Tuesday on a deal that could help the utility win approvals from state regulators.  And CMP is getting ready to put a lot more money and other benefits on the table.

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The House chairman of the Legislature’s Energy Committee put a bold proposal on the table on Monday: create a new authority to buy out electricity system poles and wires owned by Central Maine Power and Emera Maine.

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