Central Maine Power

Willis Arnold / Maine Public

Maine’s largest electric utility has a new leader, Doug Herling. A Maine native, Herling started with Central Maine Power as an equipment operator in 1985. He rose through the ranks, most recently overseeing electric operations for parent-company Avangrid, a company that serves 2.2 million customers in New England.  Herling sat down with Maine Public's Ed Morin to discuss consumer costs, the influence of renewable energy,  and his vision for the company.

Willis Arnold / Maine Public

Maine's largest electric utility has a new CEO.  Doug Herling took over operations of Central Maine Power Company Jan. 1, a day after the utility's long-time leader Sara Burns stepped down. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Central Maine Power President and CEO Sara Burns is stepping down at the end of the year.
The utility's parent company, Avangrid Inc., announced Thursday that Burns is retiring after leading the company for nearly 20 years, starting as president in 1998 and CEO in 2005.
She will join the Avangrid Networks Board of Directors in January.
Bob Kump, CEO of Avangrid Networks Inc., praised Burns as "a civic leader in Maine and a respected professional throughout the energy industry.''

Just a few days after power was finally restored to nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of Maine customers who lost it in last week's storm, about 28,000 people are once again without it at this hour.

The culprit, once again, is gusty winds. The National Weather Service says winds are now gusting at 20-30 miles per hour across the state, with some gusts up to 40.

Central Maine Power is reporting just under 22,000 outages. CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice says these winds are causing more outages than usual because of last week's storm.

Some Mainers still waiting for power after last week's storm are frustrated with Central Maine Power. 

Harpswell resident Howard Marshall says wires are still lying in his street, but the area hasn't been listed as without power on CMP's website for days.

"I understand it's a lot of damage and everything," Marshall says. "My main frustration is they're claiming that they've reconnected all of us."

Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice says even though some streets might not be listed, CMP is confident with its outage numbers. 

Electric crews continue to make progress toward restoring power to some 80,000 customers of Emera and Central Maine Power who have been without electricity since a wind storm tore through the state Sunday night and Monday. 

That's down from about half a million customers at the height of the storm. 

"We are at the slowest part of this - and the slowest because you might have four or six bucket trucks on a road that are going to pick up two customers," says Sara Burns, CEO of CMP, Maine's largest utility.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public

Maine’s two major power companies say they are making headway in restoring service to homes and businesses after Sunday night's storm.

Central Maine Power is reporting about 122,000 outages and Emera Maine has reduced the number of without service to 24,000. 

On Monday, those numbers were close to half a million. Still, CMP President Sara Burns says the steady progress is no solace to those who are still waiting in the dark.

Central Maine Power has a new U.S.-based parent company called Avangrid. But utility officials say its local customers won’t see any difference in service.

AUGUSTA, Maine - After a quiet period, Central Maine Power is reporting a new surge of scam calls to customers.

"This week we have received a number of reports from customers that are telling us that people claiming to be from CMP are calling them, threatening them with imminent disconnection, and demanding immediate payment," says CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice.

WINDSOR, Maine - Central Maine Power has set the final transmission pole needed to complete a $1.4 billion power grid upgrade.

The company celebrated the milestone reached Monday when workers raised the 101-foot tall pole in Windsor.

More than 5,000 structures have been installed between Orrington and Elliot since work on the Maine Power Reliability Program began in 2010.

It's thought to be the biggest construction project in Maine history and the first major upgrade of the state's power grid in 40 years.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Central Maine Power customers who opt for the "standard offer'' for electricity will be seeing their rates going down beginning in March.

The Public Utilities Commission, which feared rates would be going up, not down, approved bids Tuesday that will lead to a 13.4 percent drop in rates for the 10-month period from March 1 through the end of December.

Tim Schneider, the state's public advocate, told the Portland Press Herald that the lower rates were "entirely unexpected.'' Credit likely goes to plummeting oil prices.

Power Restored in Maine

Nov 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Central Maine Power says all but about a handful of customers have their electricity back in the aftermath of the Thanksgiving storm that at some point left more than 157,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

Troy R. Bennett, BDN

It was standing room only last night at a hearing in Hallowell on Central Maine Power's proposal to levy an additional charge on customers that generate their own electricity. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council was one of many voices in opposition to the charge. Voorhees told the Public Utilities Commission hearing, "The reason people invest in energy efficiency is to  is with the Natural Resources Council of Maine: