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Progress in Proctor power dispute

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PROCTOR, Vt. -

The struggle over power prices for businesses in Proctor may soon be over.

For months, businesses like the Vermont Marble Museum and the Proctor Marble Company have been fighting for lower rates. CVPS bought out the Vermont Marble Power Division of Omya last fall and raised rates -- in some cases by 500-percent.  In April, CVPS told WCAX a decision was made not to phase in higher rates for businesses even though the utility was offering a five year phase-in for residential customers. But now GMP has merged with CVPS and the utility is giving all 62 of Proctor's commercial businesses a five year plan.     

"We were blind-sided. It was very shocking to come up to speed with what the new rates were. If we hadn't really gone to bat and been proactive, I think it would have just been, 'pay the rates, and get used to it,'" said Brent Wilson, with the Proctor Marble Company.

"We shouldn't have had to go through so much, but we did go through a lot. But if it works out, then it was worth it," added Brent's wife, June.

GMP declined to disclose the details of that plan until a public service board hearing is held next week.

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