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Maine to Examine "Energy-Related" Distribution Services

Fortnightly Magazine - October 1 1996

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has opened a docket to investigate how and to what extent it should regulate "energy-related products and services other than electric service" offered by Central Maine Power Co.

In lieu of price regulation, the utility had proposed setting prices to cover its marginal cost for

specific offerings, including: 1) inspection and maintenance of customer-owned substation facilities, 2) energy control systems and services, 3) construction of customer-owned pole lines, and 4) maintenance and repair of customer-owned lighting equipment and power equipment.

According to the PUC, the goods and services included in the proposal are closely related to traditional utility service and raise several important questions about the extent of the commission's regulatory authority. Re Central Maine Power Co., Dkt. No. 96-285, June 25, 1996 (Me.P.S.C.).

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