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RAISE YOUR VOICE BEFORE THEY RAISE YOUR RATES: AARP Maine Urges CMP Customers to Attend Public Hearings and Oppose Latest Proposed Rate Hike

Posted on 07/11/19

Central Maine Power (CMP) wants to raise electric rates for their customers for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. The 46.5 million rate increase would raise all residential customers’ monthly bills by $5, regardless of a customer’s usage.

CMP is already under scrutiny for overbilling customers and returning year after year for a public bailout to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars. Maine’s Public Advocate recently granted permission for the Maine Public Utility Commission to conduct further tests of CMP’s billing system, a system which caused great frustration for thousands of customers.

AARP Maine strongly opposes CMP’s latest request to raise their rates: “CMP has gotten everything it wants and more from the Maine Public Utilities Commission,” said AARP Maine’s State President Pat Pinto. “How many times will we allow them to treat ratepayers like an ATM all the while providing poor customer service? A higher electric rate is simply unaffordable for many Maine families, especially those living on a fixed income.”

Three public hearings have been scheduled at the following locations, and AARP Maine urges CMP customers to attend.

Tuesday, July 16th at 6PM: University of Southern Maine
Hannaford (in the Abromson Center)
88 Bedford Street, Portland

Thursday, July 18th at 6PM: University of Maine – Farmington
North Dining Halls (in the Olsen Student Building)
224 Main Street, Farmington

Monday, July 22nd at 6PM: Office of the Public Utility Commission
101 2nd Street, Hallowell

For more information, please read the following handouts from the Maine Office of the Public Advocate:

Case overview and hearing schedule (PDF)
How to file a complaint about your CMP bill (PDF)

This story is provided by AARP Maine. Visit the AARP Maine page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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