CMP & Versant Power responds to Mills Government legislation on electrical utilities

STATEWIDE – Governor Janet Mills joins legislators in saying they are taking proactive measures to improve electrical systems in the country Maine. As some customers say they have seen their electricity bills increase dramatically among other issues.

Mike Kyeefe was a WOMANersant Electric customer more than 10 years.

“I did my best to cut down on usage as much as I could. So last month I went 697 kilo watt hours or $127,” says Keefe. “This month, I lost 9 kilowatt hours, so 688 kilowatt hours but ended up spending more money. I spent $160.89”.

Keefe said he uses many cost-cutting measures, even wearing a hat indoors when conserving energy.

“Try to run the electric dryer less often. Keefe says cook only one day of the week instead of the whole week. “I even changed the light bulb to LED.”

From January. first, Maine The Public Utilities Commission approved an 83% increase for both CMP and VUUersant Power customers.

Increase in Maine will raise the average electric bill by $30 a month or about $360 a year.

Gov. Mills with Maine Lawmakers are proposing a bill to reduce dependence on natural gas for energy supply.

Sen. Mark Lawrence (D-York) said: “The carbon we’re addicted to in New England is natural gas, and natural gas has been on the rise this year. “So that has increased the cost of power supply. The problem is that natural gas is not a long-term solution. We need things like solar, wind and other renewables to replace natural gas.”

The governor’s bill also aims to alleviate the problems Mainers are facing, including poor customer service, problems with the payment system, or prolonged power outages.

Sen. Lawrence say if Maine PUC fIf those standards are not met, harsh penalties will follow.

“It allows the PUC when the legislature is not in session to enact rules around these standards and hold providers accountable for meeting these standards,” said Lawrence. .

“Until they do that and if the penalties don’t work, there will be a provision for the final offering of the utility using transmission and distribution,” he said.

Spokesperson for VUersant Power urged customers not to blame the company.

“At VUersant Power, we don’t own the supply and control the price of the supply, but regardless of the customer’s difficulty paying, we have the resources that can provide financial help,” said Judy Long, DRAWersant Powerful media manager.

CMP issued a statement Wednesday say, “We do not believe this law is necessary. PUC already has the necessary tools and uses them to hold utilities accountable. ”

Sen. Lawrence said the measure would take effect immediately if passed. CMP & Versant Power responds to Mills Government legislation on electrical utilities

Chris Estrada

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