The effort to replace Maine’s two investor-owned utility corporations with a consumer-owned utility goes back several years to 2018. Various experts and stakeholders weighed in and after significant vetting and revision, a bipartisan bill (LD 1708) passed the Maine Legislature in a historic vote in June 2021. Governor Janet Mills vetoed LD 1708 in July 2021, citing conceptual support but specific concerns.
Our Power has since refined the language further and is now taking the proposal directly to the voters as a Citizen Initiative. We’re gathering signatures now to put the measure on the ballot. Please join us!