WATCH: Thousands of CMP customers get credits after I-Team exposed improper disconnect notices

Watch on WGME-13 AUGUSTA (WGME) - More than 6,000 Central Maine Power customers have received credits on their accounts after the company admitted to state regulators it violated consumer-protection rules.   Continue reading

Judge denies motion by CMP/Avangrid to dismiss customer bill case

Portland Press Herald The decision opens the door for plaintiffs' attorneys to gather information and question company officials, potentially leading to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of customers. A federal court judge has denied an attempt by Central Maine Power and its parent company to dismiss or delay a case being brought by customers who claim they received inaccurate charges from a new billing system, and that the company then tried to cover up the defects. Continue reading

11.29 Newsletter

Hello Friends, Last week, we highlighted the disparity between CMP’s narrative and reality when it comes to their public image (worst of the worst). It just so happens that columnist Al Diamon also picked up on the irony of the situation.  Continue reading

Long considered a “clean” energy source, hydropower can actually be bad for climate

Environmental Defense Fund A new EDF study published this week in Environmental Science and Technology shows that hydropower — the leading renewable energy technology projected to grow rapidly — is not always as good for the climate as broadly assumed. Moreover, continuing to assume that it is could mean that projects meant to reduce greenhouse emissions will unintentionally increase them instead. Motivated by pervasive misconceptions of the climate impacts of hydropower, we assessed the warming impacts over time of sustained greenhouse gas emissions estimated from nearly 1,500 existing hydropower plants around the globe. We also looked at the implications of future hydropower development. Continue reading

‘Courtesy of CMP’: The soft-power of corporate advertising in news

Maine Beacon With no shortage of events to keep up with this month, many Mainers have likely found themselves on The Bangor Daily News website checking on political news. Since the week of the presidential election, users have been greeted by a pop-up window: “BDN election access provided free courtesy of CMP.” While an ad like this is unremarkable at first glance, when read alongside recent news of final authorizations to begin construction on Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), the cozy relationship between the utility and BDN becomes yet another troubling example how corporate-media relationships can put independent reporting in jeopardy. Continue reading

LTE: Not a done deal

Bangor Daily News Central Maine Power would like Mainers to think their destructive corridor through an undeveloped region of western Maine is a done deal, but that is simply not true. The Army Corps permit is under federal appeal because they did not conduct an Environmental Impact Statement like they did for similar hydropower projects in New Hampshire and Vermont. The Department of Energy permit has not yet been granted. CMP still has municipal permits to obtain and multiple towns have ordinances that would not allow the project as proposed. Continue reading

Black Friday

Hello Friends, As we all gear up for a safe and healthy Black Friday, we'd encourage you to take a look at our signature gathering locations and see if one is near where you will be doing your shopping. Click here for all our signature gathering locations and times. Continue reading

Politics & Other Mistakes: How nudity can solve the CMP problem

Daily Bulldog Central Maine Power is easy to hate, probably because the state’s largest electric utility has a tendency to go out of its way to be obnoxious. Customer complaints? They’ll get to them next year. Or the year after. Power outages? Get a generator, cheapskate. Inaccurate bills? After careful investigation, CMP has decided you should shut up and pay whatever it tells you to pay. Disconnect notices? CMP can’t wait to start sending them again. Then there’s that 150-mile transmission corridor the company wants to build through the western Maine forests, so it can deliver Canadian power to Massachusetts. CMP has done everything it can think of to keep this issue from going to a popular vote, including hiring private detectives to follow petition circulators, directing its lawyers to file lawsuits and employing public-relations experts to convince Mainers this project will benefit anyone other than the company’s stockholders. Continue reading

Greenville’s Sherman honored with NRCM 2020 Leadership Award

The Piscataquis Observer An ecologist, clean energy entrepreneur, community activist and long-time North Woods advocate have been recognized by Maine’s leading environmental advocacy group, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), for their significant, long-lasting contributions to protecting the nature of Maine. On Oct. 22 NRCM celebrated its 2020 Conservation Leadership Awards at a special online event that featured remarks from each awardee and a poem by Kristen Lindquist of Camden. “This year’s award winners have done remarkable work to protect what we all love and value about Maine,” said NRCM CEO Lisa Pohlmann. “Each of these individuals demonstrates the power of Mainers to make a difference by speaking up, organizing, and advocating for a better future.” Among the four individuals honored by NRCM at the 2020 Conservation Leadership Awards was Eric Sherman of Greenville. Sherman was presented with the People’s Choice Award for his tireless efforts on the No CMP Corridor campaign ranging from gathering petition signatures to delivering signs to fundraising and keeping others informed, and for his dedication and hard work for the greater good of Maine’s North Woods. Sherman is a schoolteacher and during the summer is a whitewater guide for Moxie Outdoor Adventures. Continue reading

11.22 Newsletter

Hello Friend, This week, J.D. Power and Associates announced that Central Maine Power is once again ranked dead last for customer satisfaction among the 88 power utility companies in the United States. This means that, for the third consecutive year, they ranked even worse than the California utility that went bankrupt after causing deadly wildfires. Continue reading