November 26, 2012

PUC, CMP agree to tree-cutting changes

A CMP spokesman says the company is still wary it could be held liable and even fined for outages caused by downed trees outside its jurisdiction.

The Associated Press

HALLOWELL — The Maine Public Utilities Commission and Central Maine Power Co. have agreed in principle to a deal that would bar the utility from cutting trees outside the company's rights of way along power lines without landowner agreement.

The definitions were refined during a meeting on Nov. 13 between CMP, Maine's largest power transmission company, and the state regulatory agency, which oversees public utilities.

The public can comment on the new definitions until Nov. 30.

Sometime after that, likely in December or January, the Maine PUC will vote to determine whether CMP has satisfied the commission with its new definitions.

A CMP spokesman tells the Sun Journal the company is still wary it could be held liable and even fined for power outages caused by downed trees outside CMP's jurisdiction.

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