The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) (em prompted by an 18-month fight between a utility and a customer threatening to generate its own electricity (em decided on June 10 to keep the docket open in an exit-fee case. Ironically, the fight that brought the issue to the fore was resolved 10 days earlier: On May 31, Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) and Hannaford Bros. Co. submitted a customer-service agreement to the PUC.
Hannaford's five-year contract would set prices that exceed CMP's short-term marginal cost floor, plus 0.015 cents per kilowatt-hour. The pact allows Hannaford, which has 39 supermarkets in CMP's service area, to aggregate its load and test two self-generation sites. For its part, Hannaford will supply the utility with as many as 5 megawatts of interruptible demand. The stores will be electronically metered by telephone link. CMP will provide one monthly bill.
The rest of the contract terms were not disclosed.