Enthusiastic support for LD 1646!
As you may know, a bipartisan coalition in the legislature has introduced LD 1646, a bill to create the Maine Power Delivery Authority. MPDA would be a non-profit, consumer-owned utility serving areas of Maine that now buy their power from CMP and Emera Maine.
MPDA would buy existing transmission and distribution facilities using low-interest bonds, similar to the Turnpike Authority. These bonds would be backed by MPDA’s revenue from selling electricity. No tax money or state subsidies are involved.
Consumer-owned utilities now serve nearly 40 percent of American households. In almost every case, they provide better service than investor-owned companies like CMP at 20 percent average lower rates.
Each week, we’ll be sending you three or four key news articles and opinion pieces from local newspapers around the state. These articles will explain why Mainers enthusiastically support LD 1646 and its commitment to providing reliable, lower-cost “Maine Power for Maine People.”
Please support LD 1646!
1. “Augusta puzzled over Janet Mills’ call to reconsider utility regulations”
Gov. Janet Mills used almost a minute of her State of the State address on Tuesday to say Maine should reconsider how it regulates utilities… She then asked for guidance in making sure foreign companies that run state utilities “are answerable to Maine, not to Spain or some other foreign country.”
2. “Letter to Editor: Another option for electricity”
Rep. Nicole Grohoski, Ellsworth
Not only are there folks in Maine who have lower rates and better reliability (fewer and shorter outages) than we do, but there are people all over this country who have it better. More than a quarter of Americans are served by one of America’s 2,908 COUs [consumer-owned utilities].
3. “Letter to the editor: Consumer-owned Maine utility would make climate fight a priority”
Rob Levin, Portland
If we are going to truly make strides in decarbonizing the grid in the coming years, we need to take dinosaurs CMP and Emera out of the picture and replace them with a consumer-owned utility…
4. “Letter to the Editor: Life after CMP”
Rev. Darien (Deke) Sawyer, Jackman
Imagine having a power grid that is modern, innovative and new. Imagine broken poles, hazardous trees and other maintenance issues being cared for immediately, instead of waiting years in backlogged work orders… It is time to support LD1646 and to embrace continuous improvement. It is time to contact your legislature and tell them to embrace LD1646 because they work for you!