Maine legislative committee approves state-run power delivery authority

The Maine Legislature’s joint Energy, Utility, and Technology Committee has approved a bill that would replace the state’s investor-owned power provider with a state-run operation, a change that some estimate could run ratepayers several billion dollars before potential savings are realized.

The amended proposal, which the committee passed by an 8-1 vote recently, would create a task force to evaluate options for a Maine Power Delivery Authority to take over the assets of the state’s largest providers, Central Maine Power and Versant Power.

LD 1646 now is slated to go before the Maine Legislature for a vote, but lawmakers presently are adjourned because of the
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