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Last month, AVANGRID Inc., parent company of Central Maine Power Co., announced that its networks division is developing a comprehensive $2.5 billion plan to address the impact severe storms have on infrastructure throughout its utilities' service territories in Maine, Connecticut and New York. The 10-year “grid resiliency” plan — which includes an existing $500 million proposal in New York for the full rollout of smart meters (which CMP already has installed in Maine) — includes measures such as more aggressive tree-trimming near power lines and accelerated replacement of wood poles deemed to be nearing the end of their useful life. Avangrid said details of the plan would be refined in the months ahead, but Maine Public Advocate Barry Hobbins already has said he's skeptical about the scope of the proposal and whether its cost should be borne by ratepayers. “They have a long way to go to prove to me that they need that kind of money,” he told the Associated Press in a July 4 story published in the Bangor Daily News.
Do you support Avangrid’s proposal to ‘harden’ Maine's power grid so that it’s better able to withstand severe storms like last October's that left more than 400,000 CMP customers without power?