Emera Maine

Emera Maine

The electric utility Emera Maine and its would-be Canadian buyer Enmax are proposing millions of dollars in rate relief for customers — if the deal goes through. But some state lawmakers are calling on regulators to take their time setting terms for the $1.2 billion deal.

TRENTON, N.J. - Around 420,000 customers were without power up and down the Eastern Seaboard and in Ohio as severe thunderstorms moved through the region.

PORTLAND, Maine - Central Maine Power and Emera Maine are still mopping up a handful of outages caused by a nor'easter last week.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The lights are back on for more than half of the Maine residents and businesses that lost power after Thursday morning's Nor'easter.

A union representing Emera Maine workers is expressing concerns about the company's buyer at a time when a state law raises the bar for the sale of electric utilities.

A union representing Emera Maine workers is expressing concerns about the company's buyer at a time when a state law raises the bar for the sale of electric utilities.

Maine Public Advocate Barry Hobbins says he wants the Public Utilities Commission to take a close look at the proposal by Canadian company Enmax to buy Emera Maine, the state's second-largest utility.

Emera Maine via BDN

State lawmakers and union officials are expressing concerns about the proposed sale of the state's second-largest electric utility, Emera Maine, to a small Canadian company called Enmax.

Joel Page / Associated Press File

An ambitious proposal to convert Maine’s private electric utilities into a consumer-owned entity got its first public hearing in Augusta on Tuesday.

Courtesy Emera Maine

Nova Scotia energy company Emera is selling its Maine subsidiary to another Canadian company, ENMAX Corporation, for $959 million.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - A Bar Harbor family contends electric utility Emera Maine's negligence contributed to a fire that killed a woman and her adult son last year.

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.

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.

HALLOWELL, Maine - Maine regulators have cut Emera Maine's proposed rate increase by nearly half but AARP Maine says the 5.34-percent increase is still too high.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday reduced Emera Maine's request for a 12-percent boost in the distribution portion of customers' bills.
AARP Maine State Director Lori Parham said the organization was disappointed that the panel allowed a third rate increase in just five years. She said customers, especially those on fixed incomes, will find "any rate increase to be a hardship.''

PORTLAND, Maine - More than 11,000 customers remain without power in Maine in the wake of a strong winter storm that brought ice, freezing rain and snow to the state.
Central Maine Power says the outages are scattered all over the state. The highest concentration is in coastal Lincoln County, which had more than 5,200 customers without power at midday Wednesday.
Kennebec, Somerset and Androscoggin counties reported more than 1,000 customers without power at midday.