An Act To Establish Minimum Service Standards for Electric Utilities
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3106 is enacted to read:
§ 3106. Utility service standards
The commission by rule shall establish service standards for transmission and distribution utilities in accordance with this section.
Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
This bill proposes to establish service interruption standards and require transmission and distribution utilities that do not meet these standards to take corrective action. The bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to require, by rule, transmission and distribution utilities to keep records and report service interruptions to the commission. It also requires a utility that experiences service interruptions at a rate that exceeds the statewide average service interruption rate by 50% or more to submit a plan for, implement and track corrective actions to address the service interruptions.