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I-Team: CMP wants to keep sending disconnect notices during investigation

Central Maine Power in Augusta (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Central Maine Power wants to keep sending disconnect notices to customers, even while the state is investigating record-high bills.

The Office of the Public Advocate is hoping to stop the practice until the investigation is over.

The Public Advocate asked state regulators to order CMP to stop issuing disconnections notices.

On Wednesday in a letter to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the company argued the request is "unsupported by any facts."

CMP said it has the right and duty to disconnect customers who don't pay their bills along with those who engage in unauthorized use of electricity or have service that poses a danger.

The company's response says eliminating this "key tool" would be an extraordinary step.

At this point, public comment on this disconnection debate has ended and now it's a matter of waiting for the PUC to weigh in.

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