A plan to replace Maine’s two remaining investor-owned utility corporations with a consumer-owned utility goes back several years to 2018. Various experts and stakeholders weighed in and after two years of vetting and revision a bipartisan bill (LD 1708) passed the Maine Legislature in a historic vote in June 2021.
Despite the bill’s overwhelming public support and the prospect of saving ratepayers billions while making Maine a climate leader, Governor Janet Mills vetoed LD 1708 on July 13. While disappointing, the Governor’s veto was not unexpected–and it was a clear call to action. Our Power will take the proposal passed by the Legislature directly to the voters as a Citizen Initiative.
We’re gearing up now to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Please join us!