For one, I guess we can thank Massachusetts and Maine environmental groups for preventing desperately needed natural gas pipelines to come into New England. New England is near some of the planet's richest natural gas reserves in Pennsylvania - an abundant and relatively clean fuel - the reason far less CO2 is emitted today and almost no particulates. But the wind developers must be protected by their friends in the so called environmental groups. 13.7% is a GIANT hit on the wallets of people trying to just get by. Where is the action in Augusta to do whatever it takes to get those pipelines built?
The company says higher prices for electricity are being charged by generators, not by CMP, which charges only for delivering power to customers.
“We are reminding customers that the energy supply rates for residential customers who choose Standard Offer supply will rise 13.7 percent in January. This is not a CMP increase. This is the increase in the cost of energy supplied largely by natural gas-fired generation companies,” Doug Herling, president and chief executive officer of CMP, said in a statement Thursday.