Electric firm disconnects record number
Statistics show Maine’s largest electric utility shut off the power last year to a record number of customers who had not paid their bills. Central Maine Power disconnected 29,554 homes in 2011, up 60 percent from 2007 — an apparent record. Officials say the company’s disconnection activity is an indicator of the weak economy and the utility’s more aggressive efforts to collect unpaid bills. The Maine Sunday Telegram requested the shut-off statistics to examine the relationship between power disconnections and the state’s economic health.