Maine ought to withhold $53M in storm restoration prices from CMP, watchdog says

AUGUSTA, Maine — A state watchdog desires regulators to withhold practically half of the $117 million that Central Maine Energy Co. has requested to cowl 2022 storm response prices, main the corporate to name the thought “outrageous and irresponsible.”

The showdown between Public Advocate William Harwood and the state’s largest utility will pressure the Maine Public Utilities Fee to delve deeply into the excessive prices of storm restoration. CMP has tried for years to rebuild its popularity after years of customer support woes, and a November referendum would change it and one other main utility with an elected board.

Maine ratepayers usually cowl storm response prices, however state legislation permits regulators to refuse to reimburse bills which might be deemed unreasonable or imprudent. Harwood’s workplace says that normal applies to $53.6 million in prices which might be largely the results of overstaffing. CMP retorted by saying the watchdog was seeking to penalize a immediate response.