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Maine lawmakers to weigh in on reducing power outages

The Maine Legislature plans to consider aggressive tree cutting, underground power lines and other measures in response to a storm that left some homes and businesses in the dark for up to 10 days. The Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology ...

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SUBSCRIBE NOW A spokesman for the state's largest utility, Central Maine Power, said it took crews less than half the time to restore power than during the 1998 ice storm when there were fewer outages. var _informq = _informq || []; _informq.push(['embed']); lazyLoadingModule("perfectpixeltop-template", "perfectpixeltop-target", "perfectpixel",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "undefined", "true", undefined , undefined ); "We think that's a solid reflection on the job we didIt was done quickly, efficiently and, most importantly, safely," spokesman John Carroll said Monday. The Public Utilities Commission launched hearings after the 1998 ice stormThe regulatory panel plans to analyze utility filings after the latest storm before determining how best to proceed, said Harry Lamphear, the commission's administrative director. Central Maine Power stepped up tree cutting after the ice storm and again in 2008 after the so-called Patriot's Day Storm, and crews now trim trees on a five-year cycle, Carroll saidThat means crews trim trees along 5,000 miles of CMP's power lines each year, he said. CMP can change the requirements for trimming and bury more lines, but ratepayers may balk at aggressive trimming and added costs, Carroll said. "We support things that can make the system more resistant to weatherI'm just trying to point out that there are practical limitations," he said. CMP believes the Maine Public Utilities Commission, not the Legislature, is best suited to tackle regulations related to utility infrastructure, Carroll said. Berry said it's important for lawmakers to explore the response to the storm. Examples of problems included a local farm owner who was without power for 10 days even though the CMP website said power would be restored on the fifth dayAfter power was restored, an out-of-state crew arrived to restore power, underscoring confusion, he said. Going forward, the state can expect more frequent and more intense storms due to climate change, so it's important to prepare with a power grid that's "smarter and more resilient,'" Berry said. 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