Committee to discuss consumer-owned utility proposal
DAMARISCOTTA – Details of a proposal to create a nonprofit, consumer-owned public utility, the Pine Tree Power Company, are expected to be presented at the Lincoln County Democratic Committee’s online meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.
This is an information session and not a forum for debate.
All Lincoln County Democrats and Unregistered Progressives are welcome to attend LCDC meetings. Pre-registration is required for non-voting members to receive login and phone details. Register on lincolncountydemocrats.com/meet before noon on the day of the meeting to ensure access. The committee will also do their best to accommodate last minute registrations.
State Representative Seth Berry D-Bowdoinham will provide an update on a citizens’ initiative asking voters to replace Maine’s two investor-owned utilities, Central Maine Power and Versant, with a new utility for purpose consumer-owned nonprofit called Pine Tree Power Company. . The citizens’ initiative is sponsored by Our Power (ourpowermaine.org), a group of Maine taxpayers, business leaders, energy experts, conservationists and others committed to putting Pine Tree State’s energy future in the hands of the Mainers.
Berry’s LD 1708, An Act to establish the Pine Tree Power Company, (legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280080894) passed the Maine legislature with bipartisan support in June, but Gov. Janet Mills vetoed it in July, citing conceptual support but specific concerns, urging lawmakers to revise the proposal and seek public input. This initiative has refined the language and now plans to present it to voters.
âIt’s not just about local control, lower fares and better reliability,â Berry said, according to a press release from the committee. âAbove all, the Pine Tree Power Company will make Maine the nation’s leader in our fight to avert climate catastrophe. “
Bill McKibben, Nationally Renowned Climate Leader, Founder of 350.org, also supported the Our Power movement. âIn our efforts to save our climate,â McKibben wrote, âthe hour is late and the need is urgent. Maine’s proposal for a consumer-owned public service offers a model for transforming a nation and a world seeking solutions to the crisis of our time.
Voting members of LCDC will automatically receive login information via email. Those interested in becoming a voting member must be a registered Democrat in Lincoln County and can express their interest by indicating so on the meeting registration form, lincolncountydemocrats.com/meet, or by e-mail [emailÂ protected].
The last meeting of 2021 will be a short business meeting on Thursday, December 16. Previously, the organization had announced that there would be no meeting in December.
Information about the committee, its meetings and other activities is available online at lincolncountydemocrats.com or on Facebook. Chris Johnson, President of LCDC, can also be emailed to [emailÂ protected].
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