PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Statistics show Maine's largest electric utility is shutting off the power to a record number of customers.
Last year Central Maine Power disconnected 29,554 homes of residents, an apparent record number.
That figure is up 60 percent over the numbers from 2007.
Officials say the disconnection activity at CMP is an indicator of the weak economy and the utility's more aggressive efforts to collect unpaid bills.
Maine State Economist Amanda Rector says the high number of disconnections fit with a struggling economy in which the bills aren't getting paid.