State Legislature Issues Report Card on MPUC

OPEGA evals MPUCThe State of Maine Legislature’s Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) has filed its report on the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC).

You will not be surprised to see that more than 25 percent of all the 10-person complaints filed to the MPUC in the past 5 years concerned “smart” meters (table 1, p. 15). It looks as if the OPEGA had to create a separate category for these complaints because of their number—the other 5 categories are general and apply to all 4 “utilities” (electric, gas, water, telephone).

This 50-page document is full of information and assessments about the process, but here’s one detail to raise your first hackle: Re uncertainty that the MPUC reads the complaints and comments filed with the MPUC, “Commissioners told OPEGA they TRY to read all case documents including comments” (p. 24, emphasis added).

To read the 50-page report, click here.

The Government Oversight Committee will hold a public comment period in October, probably on 28 October (the meeting notice is here).