Maine winter power rule kicks in

Posted Nov. 03, 2009, at 2:32 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine utility regulators say the power will stay on starting Nov. 15 for consumers who fall behind on their electric or gas bills, provided they make an effort to pay up.

The Public Utilities Commission says that until April 15, Mainers who contact their electric or gas utility or the PUC to make reasonable monthly payments will not be disconnected.

The PUC’s Consumer Assistance Division will work with customers to establish affordable payment arrangements and to find financial assistance for paying electric or gas bills.