Stories about Central Maine Power


Crews from Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island continue to repair tropical storm damage

By Jen Lynds and Nick McCrea on July 06, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
BANGOR | Emera Maine crews on Monday morning continued to repair damage done by the remnants of Hurricane Arthur over the weekend, bringing the number of homes and businesses without power down to about 3,600 as of 5:30 a.m. More than 2,500 of those outages were located in Washington County with another …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16.

First Wind tries again to gain Maine regulators’ approval for wind farm partnership with Emera

By Darren Fishell on May 19, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
HALLOWELL | Boston-based First Wind is pushing Maine utilities regulators to approve for a second time its multimillion-dollar partnership with Nova Scotia-based power company Emera, in a case that was sent back to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by a court order. Opponents of the joint venture have argued …
Bowdoin College is seeking to generate solar electricity with solar panels on roofs of the Farley Field House (foreground) and the Watson Arena (right).

Bowdoin College, other major Maine customers that produce their own energy balk at new Central Maine Power fee

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
BRUNSWICK | Opponents of a new fee proposed by Central Maine Power to charge customers who generate their own alternative energy say the fee would make those efforts unsustainable. But CMP says the fee is necessary to ensure all customers — residential, business and other entities — pay their …

Utility crews preparing for more thunderstorms Saturday night after thousands lose power

BDN staff reports on July 20, 2013, at 7:52 a.m.
BANGOR | Another thunderstorm was expected to hit late Saturday, following a violent line of thunderstorms overnight Friday that left thousands without power and utility crews working to repair downed wires and blown transformers. Bangor Hydro Electric Co. is calling in all available crews to work overnight Saturday to …
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How the omnibus energy bill will benefit Maine

By Andrew Sturgeon on May 23, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
There’s no arguing Mainers are paying too much for energy — significantly more than elsewhere in the country. For some time, Gov. Paul LePage has been saying that he wants to lower electricity rates, promote the expansion of natural gas infrastructure, lower energy costs for businesses and consumers, and redirect …

C.N. Brown enters competitive electricity market

By Whit Richardson on Dec. 28, 2012, at 2:54 p.m.
SOUTH PARIS | C.N. Brown Co. is entering Maine’s competitive electricity market, joining several companies that are vying to sell power to Maine residents and small-business owners for less than the standard offer rate. C.N. Brown already has a diverse portfolio of energy products, including gasoline, heating oil, propane, …

Gulf Oil enters Maine’s electricity market

By Whit Richardson on Sept. 18, 2012, at 8:37 p.m.
Maine residents and small-business owners can now purchase gasoline for their cars and electricity for their homes and businesses from the same company. Gulf Oil, based in Framingham, Mass., announced Tuesday it is now selling electricity to Maine residential and commercial customers, and can do so at a price lower …
A new Central Maine Power smart meter displays electricity usage at a business in Freeport in fall 2010.

Maine Public Utilities Commission didn’t address smart meter safety, court says

By DAVID SHARP,The Associated Press on July 12, 2012, at 8:03 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s highest court ruled Thursday that state regulators failed to adequately address safety concerns about Central Maine Power’s smart meters but the ruling had no immediate impact on more than 600,000 smart meters already installed in homes and businesses across the state. The Supreme Judicial Court ordered …

Smart meter foes make case to Maine Supreme Court

The Associated Press on May 10, 2012, at 11:50 a.m.
PORTLAND | Supreme court justices on Thursday questioned whether utilities regulators shirked their responsibility for ensuring the safety of “smart meters” when they allowed customers to opt out without giving assurances to other customers who have them. Opponents of Central Maine Power’s wireless-enabled electric meters say the devices emit …

Maine smart meter critics file appeal

The Associated Press on Jan. 12, 2012, at 11:43 a.m.
PORTLAND | A group of Central Maine Power ratepayers has filed an appeal with the state’s highest court in its fight against the utility’s use of smart meters. Lead plaintiff Ed Friedman and other CMP customers are appealing the Public Utilities Commission’s dismissal of their complaint challenging CMP’s program …

CMP plans cleanup of toxic Augusta site

The Associated Press on Dec. 23, 2011, at 11:42 a.m.
Central Maine Power Co. plans to clean up and contain toxic coal tar left next to, and likely underneath, Bond Brook at the site of the former Augusta Gas Works. A spokesman for the utility says the cleanup planned for next summer is expected to cost between …
Bangor Hydro lineman Dan Anxien trips a breaker on a transformer on Vine Street in Bangor to restore power as neighbors watch on Sunday August 28, 2011.

Nearly 55,000 still without power as Irene clean-up continues in Maine

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 30, 2011, at 11:41 a.m.
Power companies continue to clean up after Irene, with approximately 55,000 Mainers still in the dark Tuesday. In a prepared statement, Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that getting power restored to all Mainers was his top priority. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 55,000 Central Maine Power customers were still …

As installation of smart meters continues, so does consumer push back

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 20, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.
MONROE | Although Central Maine Power already has converted nearly half of its 620,000 accounts in the state to digital smart meters, some midcoast area customers are continuing to fight back against the change. The wireless electrical meters will be able to more precisely detect energy usage and the …

Complaint challenges Central Maine Power’s meters

The Associated Press on Aug. 04, 2011, at 1:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A group of Central Maine Power ratepayers has filed a complaint with state regulators about the utility’s use of so-called “smart meters.” Ed Friedman of Bowdoinham is the lead petitioner in the 19-person complaint filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission challenging CMP’s smart-meter program, in which …

More than 1,500 CMP customers without power Sunday

on July 31, 2011, at 10:50 a.m.
CORINNA | More than 1,500 residents in Penobscot and Somerset counties were without power most of Sunday. Central Maine Power said the Corinna substation had some equipment failure issues. The problems began around 10 a.m. and were fixed by 3 p.m. People in Corinna, Exeter, Newport, St. Albans and …

UM energy conference focuses on smarter consumption

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 24, 2011, at 5:42 p.m.
ORONO | Conserving energy and electricity is beneficial for consumers and companies, especially given the state of the economy, representatives from the University of Maine, utility companies, House of Representatives and researchers in academia and the private sector indicated during the University of Maine’s Haskell Energy Conference. The conference, held …
A Central Maine Power "smart meter" displays electricity usage at a business in Freeport, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. Some customers are balking out of health concerns over wireless signals emitted from the meters.

Opponents accuse CMP of ‘bullying’ homeowners into smart meter program

The Associated Press on March 16, 2011, at 9:59 a.m.
PORTLAND | The state’s consumer advocate says Maine’s largest utility is “bullying” some homeowners to have so-called “smart meters” installed on their homes against their will. Eric Bryant, senior counsel in the Public Advocate’s Office, is asking the Public Utilities Commission to “admonish” Central Maine Power Co. and direct …