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Consumer-owned utility could save Mainers a lot of money on their electricity

John Brautigam is an attorney and consultant with a practice in public policy and legislative advocacy. He has served in the Maine legislature as a member of the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee, as Assistant Attorney General, and as Director of Efficiency Maine. This editorial was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on March 7,…

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Young Mainers will be inheriting the grid – we would like to own it

Emily Rochford is a resident of Burnham and a core member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice, a coalition of over 350 youth. She is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in sustainable energy management at Unity College. This editorial was originally published in the Portland Press Herald on June 27, 2021 and is republished…

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Profit-driven utilities not working for Maine

Jennifer Poirier of Skowhegan is a Republican state representative and member of the School Administrative District 54 board of directors. This editorial was originally published by the Portland Press Herald on June 26, 2021 and is republished her by permission of the author. The Pine Tree Power bill, L.D. 1708, was not created quickly. It…

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Let voters decide public power question

Gordon L. Weil is a former Maine commissioner of business regulation and director of the Office of Energy Resources and was the state’s first public advocate. He lives in Harpswell. This piece was originally published as an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald on June 21, 2021 and is republished here by permission of the…

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Consumer-owned Pine Tree Power will work for Maine people

Replacing CMP and Versant with a new company will strengthen our grid, reduce outages and lower rates for Maine families and businesses Nathan Carlow is a Republican state representative from Buxton, a member of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and a co-sponsor of L.D. 1708. Originally published in the Portland Press Herald on May 29,…

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Statement by Nathan Carlow (R-Buxton, Hollis, Saco)

I am Representative Nathan Carlow; I reside in Buxton and have the privilege of representing the good people of House District 16 in the Maine State Legislature.  I’m here today because I know that electricity is central to our quality of life and the future of Maine people and the businesses that support our economy. …

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Statement by Seth Berry (D-Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond)

Twelve score and six years ago today, the people of Lexington and Concord rose up against abuse by a foreign power whose only purpose was to extract wealth from its distant colonies. Today, We — the people of Maine — rise to assert our power, and our independence.  Our new bipartisan bill, “An Act to…

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Statement by Sharon Staz

Good afternoon, I’m Sharon Staz.  I served as General Manager of the Kennebunk Light and Power District from 1998-2015.  I am here today to express my strong support for creating Pine Tree Power, a consumer-owned, non-profit utility for Maine for the purpose of purchasing and then operating the assets of CMP and Versant’s for profit,…

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Statement by Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth)

Most of us don’t think much about how we get our electricity until something goes wrong, but here in Maine, that happens all too often. Our electrical grid should perform day in and day out and not break the bank for Maine’s people, small businesses and competitive industries. Our grid is the backbone of our…

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Statement by Senator Rick Bennett (R-Oxford)

Maine is largely a rural state. The people of rural Maine — those I represent — depend on electricity more than ever. In western Maine, our future depends on jobs and small businesses that rely on the poles and lines that bring us power and internet services too. Electricity is essential to Maine homes and…