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Public advocate: Summit could fund Hallowell water rate hike


A local water rate case has raised a potentially novel question for Maine’s utilities industry: Should a utility help water districts pay for costs associated with monitoring their work? Earlier this year, the Hallowell Water District proposed a 20 percent rate increase for most customers, saying it needed an extra employee to help monitor natural gas expansion in the city, being undertaken by Summit Natural Gas of Maine. But the increase is now frozen after enough district customers signed a petition demanding the Maine Public Utilities Commission review the district’s finances. more

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