Maine Public Advocate

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Over the next three years Central Maine Power (CMP) is proposing to invest nearly $30 million for what it's calling a "resiliency" program to harden its aging electricity distribution system.

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

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Maine's Public Advocate wants state regulators to require utilities to promptly disclose breaches in customer confidentiality.

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PORTLAND, Maine - When Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage nominated a successor to Public Advocate Tim Schneider, perhaps no one was more surprised at his choice than the man he picked, Barry Hobbins. Hobbins, a longtime Democratic state legislator, will go before a legislative confirmation hearing May 9.  Hobbins talks with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

Courtesy photo / Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power

One of the lead opponents of a wind energy joint venture has reversed its opposition to the project, and says it's OK to go ahead under certain conditions. Maine's Office of the Public Advocate - or OPA - issued a brief on Friday regarding plans by Canadian utility Emera - owner of the companies formerly known as Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service Company - to enter into a joint venture with Boston-based First Wind.  Tom Porter has more.