It was standing room only last night at a hearing in Hallowell on Central Maine Power's proposal to levy an additional charge on customers that generate their own electricity. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council was one of many voices in opposition to the charge. Voorhees told the Public Utilities Commission hearing, "The reason people invest in energy efficiency is to is with the Natural Resources Council of Maine:
C-M-P says the so-called "stand-by" charge is needed to be fair to all of the utility's customers. The utility notes it has to spend the same amount maintaining a distribution system for people who generate their own electricity.