Lincoln Paper target of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission petitions over energy market manipulation in Maine

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Lincoln Paper target of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission petitions over energy market manipulation in Maine

December 03, 2013 - 07:55
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PORTLAND, ME, Dec. 3, 2013 (Local News) -The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking its multi-million dollar market manipulation charges against Portland-based Competitive Energy Services LLC, its owner Richard Silkman and Lincoln Paper and Tissue to court, filing petitions Monday asking a judge to enforce the agency's fines.

The petitions, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, ask for judgments affirming FERC's assessment of a $5 million civil penalty against the Lincoln mill, a $7.5 million civil penalty against the energy company and a $1.25 million judgment against Silkman, formerly head of the Maine State Planning Office.

In a statement provided to Mainebiz Monday, Competitive Energy Services said it continues to deny engaging in any instance of market manipulation and that it plans to introduce new information in court demonstrating its compliance with ISO New England's Day-Ahead Load Response Program, which it characterized as flawed. Contacted by phone Tuesday morning, Lincoln Paper CEO Keith Van Scotter told Mainebiz he had no comment on the pending litigation. Van Scotter told the Bangor Daily News in March that the agency's charges are misplaced and that he anticipated the cases would be settled in court.

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