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Audit of CMP meters and billing system to start by end of month

CMP meters (WGME photo)

HALLOWELL (WGME) -- The Maine Public Utilities Commission has selected a vendor to conduct a forensic audit of Central Maine Power's metering and billing systems.

After an evaluation of several proposals, MPUC selected Liberty Consulting Group based in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to perform the audit.

The commission launched the investigation following a record number of complaints from CMP customers about unexplained increases in usage and electric bills.

According to an evaluation by the MPUC of Liberty's proposal:

  • Team has extensive utility and CIS audit experience
  • Strong track record of quality work with the MPUC
  • Consistent overall high quality work
  • Audit of Emera's CIS system-excellent sample project
  • Meter testing program design was appropriate for the project
  • Strong and comprehensive work plan for all aspects of the project
  • Demonstrated an understanding of the forensic nature of the project

Liberty submitted a cost of $369,820 to complete the project.

The MPUC will now negotiate the contract with Liberty Consulting Group and the work is expected to begin the end of the month, according to MPUC administrative director Harry Lanphear.

Evaluation notes suggest Liberty anticipates completing the audit by the end of November.

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