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Governor Paul LePage says he is stalling completion of an eight-year old state agreement to take ownership of the scenic Kennebec River Gorge – land that is now owned by Central Maine Power.

Central Maine Power (CMP) and utilities in Massachusetts are announcing the finalization of a contract for CMP to build a new transmission line through western Maine.

The 20-year contract would bring hydro-electricity from Canada to customers in Massachusetts. The proposal is controversial as it is in the area of the Kennebec River Gorge, where CMP wants to site the high-voltage, direct-current power lines. The 145-mile project still must win state permits in Maine and Massachusetts, and faces federal review as well.

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Central Maine Power (CMP) and a group of stakeholders in the western region of Maine, where the company wants to build a major new transmission line, have struck a mitigation deal worth up to $22 million.

PORTLAND, Maine - Some Central Maine Power customers are organizing a class action lawsuit against the utility concerning high power bills experienced last winter.
 
CMP Ratepayers Unite said in a statement Monday attorneys representing the group had retained a New York-based firm to help prepare the suit. The Portland Press Herald reports over 1,000 customers saw high winter power bills during the same period the utility company had billing system problems.
 

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Opposition is mounting to Central Maine Power’s proposal to build a major new transmission line through western Maine.

The 145-mile line would carry electricity from Canada’s Hydro-Quebec dam system to customers in Massachusetts. A growing number of stakeholders are saying there’s little or no benefit for Maine, while treasured resources, such as the Kennebec River Gorge, would be compromised.

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A subsidiary of Central Maine Power's (CMP) parent company won the right Wednesday to negotiate a contract for what will be the nation's largest offshore wind project, off the Massachusetts coast.

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Maine’s Public Consumer Advocate is calling on state regulators to launch a full review of Central Maine Power’s (CMP) billing complaints and discrepancies. 

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Maine's Public Advocate is calling for a more comprehensive investigation of whether Central Maine Power (CMP) overbilled customers in the early months of this year – and whether it covered up ongoing problems it knew were an issue.

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A bipartisan group of influential Maine lawmakers is telling Massachusetts regulators to reject Central Maine Power's (CMP) proposal to build a big transmission line through western Maine.

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Most of the time, environmental advocates and the owners of fossil-fuel power plants battle over how much pollution is acceptable, given the need to keep the lights on. But in Maine, they are now aligning against a common enemy – Central Maine Power (CMP).

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This story was originally published at 4:56 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018.

As part of a deal to win a state permit for a major transmission project eight years ago, Central Maine Power (CMP) agreed to transfer the scenic Kennebec River Gorge to the state. But that never happened. Environmentalists say that raises troubling questions about a new CMP project that would cross the same gorge.

Documents show 97,000 Maine power customers saw their bills double between December 2017 and February 2018.

WMTW-TV reports Central Maine Power filed documents with the state Public Utilities Commission Tuesday that showed 140,000 bills for monthly and average daily usage in that time period saw increases of more than 50 percent.

The state launched an audit into Central Maine Power after about 1,500 customers contacted the commission about high winter power bills.

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State regulators are expanding their inquiry of complaints from more than 1,000 Central Maine Power customers who say they were overbilled during the winter.

In some cases customers say their bills doubled or tripled from the same time last year — more than can be accounted for by a recent hike in the price of electricity or by the plunge in temperatures around Christmas.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Utility regulators will decide this week whether to open a full investigation into Central Maine Power over customer complaints of skyrocketing bills and poor service.
 
The Maine Public Utilities Commission says it has received more than 1,000 complaints from the utility's customers. The commission has conducted a preliminary review of the complaints and will meet Tuesday to decide whether to pursue a management audit.
 

Central Maine Power wants ratepayers to invest $200 million or more in Portland-area electricity infrastructure. But some lawmakers and the state’s utility watchdog say the company is underestimating the potential for alternatives that could be much cheaper and much better for the environment.

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