LEARNING FROM OTHERS' POSITIVE EXPERIENCE AND CHARTING NEW COURSES WHICH PUT PEOPLE FIRST. Mainers pay some of the highest rates anywhere for grid power electricity. Statistically, Maine leads the 50 States in LEAST-reliable electricity. Where we come from, that's no bargain!
Toss in knee-jerk opposition to renewable energy and "climate obstructionism" by our foreign-owned mega-corporate-utilities and you'll see why Maine is paying particularly close attention to ally Rep. Seth Berry's proposal to create a new statewide consumer-owned public utility.
Nearby, Houlton's electricity needs are provided by community-owned Houlton Water Company – which operate under a model similar to Rep. Berry's bill – and their power bills half of what the rest of us pay. Jim
"Fighting to free themselves from Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera’s stranglehold and to win the race against climate change, Mainers speaking at a public hearing at the State House on Tuesday called for the transition to a statewide consumer-owned utility.
"The bill, LD 1646, introduced by Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) and heard before the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, would allow Maine’s government to purchase the grid infrastructure owned by CMP and Emera, which proponents say would put power and accountability into the hands of rate-payers…
“'For many of us, we have reached a point of no return,' said Jefferson resident Stacy Bettencourt, 'where the bills are so high that we are constantly being forced to question how a utility bill that just a few years ago was costing $85 a month is now approaching $300 or $400 a month with no apparent or understandable change in household structure or usage'"…
"…Berry estimates Maine Power Delivery would actually reduce annual costs to Maine customers and businesses by as much as $325 million per year…"
Fighting to free themselves from Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera’s stranglehold and to win the race against climate change, Mainers speaking at a public hearing at the State House on Tuesday called for the transition to a statewide consumer-owned utility. The bill, LD 1646, introduced by R