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MPUC Announces Hearings On Major Transmission Proposal
Public Witness Hearings Set For CMP’s Major Transmission Project
November 7, 2008
AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Public Utilities Commission will hold two public witness hearings this month to hear citizen views on Central Maine Power’s proposal to upgrade transmission infrastructure through much of its Maine network.
CMP submitted its plans for the “Maine Power Reliability Project” (MPRP) earlier this year, and the Commission has already held several conferences with formal parties in the case. The first two public witness hearings will take place in Waterville and Lewiston.
“The public witness hearings are an opportunity for us to hear the views of any concerned citizen about these proposed investments,” said Sharon M. Reishus, Chairman of the MPUC. “The Commission’s job is to decide whether this proposal is in the public interest, and so we hope that the public will get engaged.”
In a public witness hearing, any citizen may testify to the Commission about the case in hand. Citizens may provide sworn or unsworn testimony. Only sworn testimony gains status as evidence in the case. All comments will be placed in the case file and a transcript of the hearing will be publicly available on the Commission’s web site.
The first hearing will take place at the Waterville City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The second is scheduled for Lewiston City Hall on Monday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.
The Commission plans to hold more public witness hearings later in the process, which is expected to continue into the spring. A “Frequently Asked Questions” document can be found at http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/industries/electricity/faqsontransmissionprojects_005.pdf.
and that the rates for these utilities are just and reasonable. MPUC programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, Dig Safe, and Efficiency Maine.
To arrange an interview with Chairman Reishus, Commissioner Vendean Vafiades or Commissioner Jack Cashman, please contact Fred Bever at (207) 287-6141 or at Fred.Bever@maine.gov .The Commission’s website, http://www.maine.gov/mpuc may be accessed through the Maine School and Library Network at all public libraries in Maine.
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