Central Maine Power

Pat Wellenbach / Maine Public File

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?

Fred Bever / Maine Public

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.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

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.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

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.

Joel Page / AP Photo

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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

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


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.

Joel Page / Associated Press File

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.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission ruled this week that Central Maine Power cannot arbitrarily limit the amount of electricity smaller commercial power plants can put on its transmission system.

Central Maine Power is contending with a new public relations challenge, after the Portland Press Herald revealed that the company failed to bill thousands of new customers for electricity they used, and may try to charge the rest of its customer base to cover the expense.

A town near the Canadian border and a group of sport hunters are raising questions about a plan to build a 145-mile transmission line through the state of Maine.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM) is rescinding its support for Central Maine Power's controversial transmission project proposed for western Maine.

Environmental regulators in Maine say a power company's application to build a 145-mile transmission line through the state is not complete.

Elise Amendola / AP Photo

Many in Maine's energy industry are cheering the election of Janet Mills to the office of governor, as well as a Democratic takeover of the Legislature. Renewable energy advocates are perhaps the loudest, after contending with numerous roadblocks outgoing Governor Paul LePage put in the sector's way during his tenure.

About 3,700 homes and businesses are still without electric service as of about 11 o'clock this morning in the wake of high winds Saturday.