House Democratic Office
March 4, 2020
Contact: Katie Walsh [Cuddy, Dodge], 287-1436, c .776-2122
Area legislators to host forum on replacing CMP with a consumer-owned utility
SEARSPORT – On Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m., Rep. Scott Cuddy, D-Winterport, and Rep. Jan Dodge, D-Belfast, will host a forum to discuss the proposal to establish a Maine Power Delivery Authority. “Maine Power” would replace Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine, operating much like Maine’s existing consumer-owned utilities (COUs), such as Kennebunk Light and Power, Madison Electric Works and Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative.
As Maine looks to decarbonize, experts point to the electrical grid as the foundation of our future energy needs. Proponents of Maine Power argue that our current grid does not provide the reliable and affordable foundation we need. Unlike CMP or Emera Maine, Maine Power would be responsible to Maine customers only. Like Maine’s existing COUs, Maine Power would not use tax dollars, but would be financed by utility rates. Consumer-owned power is not a new idea, it exists in 49 of the 50 states, serving 30% of U.S. residents, and is more common in other developed nations.
The Legislature is likely to vote on LD 1646, a bill to create Maine Power, in March of 2020, making this the right time to learn more and share your thoughts with your legislators and others.
Panelists include bill sponsor Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, local activist Jonathan Fulford and Jennifer Albee of Revision Energy. The event will take place at Searsport Town Hall.
WHAT: Forum on Creating a Consumer-Owned Utility
Hosts: Rep. Scott Cuddy and Rep. Jan Dodge
o Rep. Seth Berry, sponsor of LD 1646
o Jonathan Fulford, local activist
o Jennifer Albee, Revision Energy
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13
WHERE: Searsport Town Hall
Learn more about LD 1646 at https://www.mainepower4mainepeople.org/