Lower cost, clean energy, we decide: Maine Power Delivery Authority
One in three American households buy their power from non-profit cooperatives and consumer-owned utilities (COUs). On average, COU customers around the country pay 13 percent less than households served by investor-owned companies like CMP and Emera.
In Maine, the savings from consumer-owned utilities like MPDA are even greater: 18 percent. If CMP and Emera matched the lower rate charged by consumer-owned utilities, we’d free up $70 million a year to invest in improving service and building a better grid.
MPDA will be a Maine company owned by Maine customers reinvesting its revenues in Maine. It will hire all current CMP and Emera workers and add new employees to restore high levels of reliability, emergency response and customer service. It will be transparent and responsive to us, not to strangers sitting in a distant corporate boardroom.
Support for MPDA is growing around the state. Here are four opinion pieces explaining why ratepayers enthusiastically welcome its commitment to providing reliable, lower-cost “Maine Power for Maine People.”
Please support LD 1646!
1. “Opinion guest column: CMP billed my company $11,000 for one day. It was supposed to be $36.”
By John Costin, Sanford
After 15 months of waiting, Central Maine Power finally energized a new 400-amp electrical service for our old mill building in Sanford. A few days later, we received a bill for one day’s power: $11,094.78. The Legislature should pass LD 1646, An Act To Restore Local Ownership and Control of Maine’s Power Delivery Systems. Let’s unleash the power of Maine.
2. “Maine Voices: Consumer utility takeover will break CMP/Iberdrola stranglehold”
Dick Davies and John Farrell
If technologies like solar and batteries provide affordable competition to the existing utility, then why should governments continue protecting monopoly utility companies that make bad bets, provide poor service and raise prices?
3. “Letter to Editor: Power authority would lower costs”
Christopher J. French, Vassalboro
I am a right-leaning independent voter. I was a strong supporter of former Gov. Paul LePage’s initiative to lower electricity costs and increase business viability, attract new businesses, and provide relief for residential customers. It appears obvious to me that creating the Maine Power Delivery Authority will enhance Maine’s ability to meet this goal.
4. “Letter to the Editor: The power of a consumer-owned utility”
John L. Clark, Linneus
Having served as project engineer for an investor-owned utility and general manager of a Maine consumer-owned utility totaling 46 years, I support LD 1646. A consumer-owned utility will have staff capable of coping with any technical challenges. The idea that a consumer-owned utility cannot competently manage a large utility is bogus.