EMERGENCY MORATORIUM ON UTILITY DISCONNECTION ACTIVITIES

March 16, 2020

Hallowell, Maine – March 16, 2020 In light of public health concerns arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the Civil State of Emergency declared by the Governor, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission), through its Director of the Consumer Assistance and Safety Division, has directed that all electric transmission and distribution utilities, natural gas utilities, water utilities, and telephone Providers of Last Resort (POLR) service not engage in any disconnection activity until further notice. This includes the issuance of disconnection notices and actual service disconnections for all classes of customers.

“No one will lose utility service or be threatened with disconnection during this civil emergency,” said Chairman Philip L. Bartlett, II. This applies equally to residential and business customers and is effective immediately.

Background: The Commission may take emergency action under certain circumstances. These actions are being taken pursuant to the Emergency Moratorium provisions contained in the Commission’s consumer protection rules: Chapter 815, section 3; Chapter 660, section 3; and Chapter 290, section 4.

About the Commission The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service and Dig Safe. Philip L. Bartlett, II serves as Chairman, Bruce Williamson and Randall Davis serve as Commissioners.

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SPECIAL MEETING 12-04-2019

HOULTON WATER COMPANY

“Special Meeting”

NOTICE

CONSIDERATION OF INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENT

BETWEEN HOULTON WATER COMPANY AND EMERA MAINE

 

Notice is hereby given that the Houlton Water Company (HWC) will hold a meeting of the directors on Wednesday  December 4th,  2019 at 05:00 P.M., at the HWC offices located at 21 Bangor Street, Houlton, Maine. The HWC Board will review and evaluate the Interconnection Agreement to permit the Company to enter into a contractual arrangement that engages Emera Maine to provide electrical service to the Company.  The agreement will be a backup arrangement which will allow electrical energy to flow from the Emera Maine System to the Houlton Water System in abnormal system conditions. If approved by the HWC Board, authorization will be given to enter into the Interconnection Agreement.

The meeting of the HWC Board of Directors will be open to the public and all ratepayers or other interested parties are invited to attend.

 

______________________________

Gregory F. Sherman, General Manager

Houlton Water Company

11/24/2019 Outage Update

I want to thank the Houlton Water Company customers for their patience with regard to the outage today.

We anticipate that the Foxcroft Road, the side roads and the airport will be back on shortly, around 2 pm.  It has taken a little longer to complete the change-over than scheduled.

Again, thank each of you for your patience.  This is not an undertaking that we wanted take in these weather conditions, but is work that must be completed to the 34.5kV HWC sub-transmission system.

Sincerely,

Greg Sherman GM

11/24/19 Electric Outage Notice

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Electric Outage November 24, 2019

Power will be turned off at 7:30 A.M. on November 24, 2019, and will be restored at approximately 1:00 P.M. on November 24, 2019.

The locations for the outage follows:

All of Airport Circuit – Cooks Brook Road to Border
Cooks Brook Road
Foxcroft Court
All of the Foxcroft Road from Pleasant Street out
Smith Road
Lowery Road
Crawford Road
Currier Road

This outage is required for the Houlton Water Company to upgrade our 34.5 kv transmission line feeding into Foxcroft Substation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact out office at
(207)532-2259.

Thank you for your understanding.

Planned Electrical Outage July 30th 2019 (Rain Date 07/31/2019)

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Electric Outage July 30, 2019

Rain Date – July 31, 2019

Power will be turned off at 11:00 P.M. on July 30, 2019, and will be restored at approximately 4:00 A.M. on July 31, 2019.

 The limited locations for the outage are as follows:

          Cooks Brook Road

          Foxcroft Court

          All of the Foxcroft Road from Pleasant Street out

          Smith Road

          Lowery Road

          Crawford Road  

          Currier Road

This outage is required for the Houlton Water Company to upgrade the 34.5 kV sub-transmission line.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact out office at

(207)532-2259.

 Thank you for your understanding.

11/04/2018 Outage Update

11/04/2018

Power has been restored to the HWC system as of 3:15 AM

Thank you again for your patience.

Greg Sherman

GM

11/04/2018 Outage

HWC is experiencing a system wide power outage caused by a transmission issue on Emera Maine’s system.

Emera Maine’s transmission system which supplies power to Aroostook County and HWC is currently down.  HWC is in contact with Emera Maine and when we have more information with regard to restoration time we will pass along that information to customers.

Thank you for your patience.

Greg Sherman

GM

HWC meeting of the Directors 07/09/2018 @ 11:30AM

 

HOULTON WATER COMPANY

NOTICE TO AUTHORIZE APPROVAL OF LETTER OF INTENT FOR TRANSFORMER PURCHASE

 Notice is hereby given that the Houlton Water Company (HWC) will hold a meeting of the directors on Monday July 09, 2018 at 11:30 A.M., at the HWC offices located at 21 Bangor Street, Houlton, Maine. This will be held for the purpose of approving a letter of intent authorizing New Brunswick Power Corporation to issue a Notice of Award for the purchase of a 69/34.5kV substation transformer.

The meeting of the HWC Board of Directors will be open to the public and all ratepayers or other interested parties are invited to attend.

 

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Gregory F. Sherman, General Manager

                                                                                                                Houlton Water Company