Correction: Utility Rate Increase story


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AUGUSTA, Maine — In a story July 7 about a proposed rate increase for Central Maine Power customers, The Associated Press misstated the increase. Bills would be 4 percent higher, not increase 4 percent per month.

A corrected version of the story is below:

CMP customers could see rates raise $3 per month

Home rates for CMP customers would raise $3 per month under proposed agreement

AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposed agreement by Central Maine Power could raise customers' home bills roughly $3 a month.

A rate-case settlement that has been endorsed by the businesses and environmental parties will be considered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission later this month.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/VB8DmS) that CMP got rid of a controversial proposal to charge customers higher monthly service fees if they generate some of their power from solar or other renewable sources.

All major parties in the 14-month proceeding, including the Conservation Law Foundation and the Maine Independent Colleges Association, have signed off on the agreement.

Average CMP home customers pay $78 a month now for energy and distribution charges. Under the agreement, the average monthly bill would be 4 percent higher.

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