Weekly Newsletters

We did it!

Friends, Thirty days after turning in our signatures, we have heard back from the Secretary of State's office and the news is good! While a number of the 80k+ signatures we turned in were unfortunately from people who were not registered to vote, were duplicates, or were otherwise thrown out, we are still well above the margin of required signatures. In fact, we have...

CMP and Versant Raise Rates… AGAIN!

Friends,The Public Utilities Commission has again approved a set of rate increases for Maine's two for-profit, foreign-owned electric utilities. In a statement on Wednesday, the PUC shared that most Central Maine Power residential customers will see a 49 percent increase in the standard offer rate starting in January -- one of the coldest months of the year in a state...

We Turned In Our Signatures

Friends, After over a year of canvassing, and nearly a year of signature collection, the Our Power coalition (of which Maine Public Power is part) has finally turned in our (notarized and validated) signatures to the Secretary of State's Office.Now that they're turned in, state staff will check for duplicates, irregularities, and anything that municipal clerks may have...

Pine Tree Power Brings Accountability After Corridor Ruling

Friends, As you have likely heard, the Maine Supreme Court recently ruled that the November 2021 referendum, in which Mainers overwhelmingly rejected CMP's planned distribution corridor, was likely unconstitutional. While corridor opponents will certainly continue their legal fight, this decision rejects the people of Maine's attempt to express displeasure with their...

CMP Offers a Rate Break Now to Gouge You Next Year

Friends, Over the past month, you may have heard the fanfare about CMP and Versant’s recent rate decrease. By now, we know that when private energy companies offer something with one hand, we need to look at what the other hand is doing. From July 1st, CMP & Versant customers will see a 5.5% decrease (roughly $3.40) in their monthly bill, just ahead of the hottest...