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Letter to the Editor: No rate increase until CMP is held accountable

CMP is wedged between two connected scandals – their horrible billing problems and the disastrous corridor project the company is trying to shove through Western Maine.A former CMP executive described the company's billing problems were so bad due to their focus on building a for-profit corridor.CMP is less interested in fixing the billing system because it will not make them any extra money. The corridor would make CMP a billion dollars.

If this horribly mismanaged company were less focused on chasing the profit corridor, we would not have had so many people harmed by billing mistakes and awful customer service.Fewer people would have cried at their kitchen tables because they had just opened am egregiously high electricity bill for their small, efficient home.

Those who criticize CMP but support building the corridor are ignoring the direct link between these two issues. Moving ahead, CMP cannot be allowed to continue to conduct continue business as usual.

The PUC needs to connect the dots between CMP's distracted efforts and exuberant spending to promote a for-profit transmission line, with the fact they continue to ignore customer service needs, can’t fix the billing system, and have not reimbursed ratepayers for the overbilling.

CMP shouldn’t benefit from a rate increase before making it right with customers. Maine citizens deserve to be treated fairly in business practices. The PUC must hold CMP accountable for these egregious errors, which have caused a dramatic burden on so many families and businesses across Maine.

Sandi Howard
Director, Say NO to NECEC

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5 Responses »

  1. CMP has problems, but even with those problems they are by far cheaper than other options. CMP charges 7.9 cents per KWH, Emera charges 8.3 cents per KWH, folks in MA pay 22 cents per kwh. Your own solar power generation, 17 cents per KWH. And I don't care how many "energy efficient" appliances your house has, houses are not energy efficient. CMP charges $60 just for the privilege of have them deliver your power. And state law provides that you only have to give CMP a chance to rectify the problem, if that doesn't resolve it, then you call the MPUC, if that fails you call the Consumer Protection at the AGs office. Hollering about it on social media, or Op-Ed sections will do nothing, you might as well be whispering in the wind.

  2. Shhh..Hush hush now,,
    Psst,, psst,,
    CMP doesn't like it when people tell other people how they are screwing them..
    Keep it down...ok.

  3. HB if you are being charge a monthly service fee of 60.00 you are paying way more than me. I pay 11.00. Maybe CMP uses a sliding scale. You get the Bstrd rate.

  4. billyjoebob, It has to do where I live, off the beaten path, away from the main roads.

  5. Ahhhhhh. Then I say, " good for you " I can't seem to get far enough away. :)