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Public Power: Maine Considers a Proposal to Replace Electricity Providers With Public-Owned Utility

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Our panel discusses the proposal to establish a nonprofit, consumer-owned utility in the state. It would entail the two electricity providers, CMP and Versant, to sell their assets to the public-owned entity.

Panelists:
Willy Ritch, executive director, Maine Affordable Energy
John Brautigam, director, Our Power
VIP Callers:
Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) or Sen. Rick Bennett (R-Oxford County)
David Flanagan, executive chairman, Central Maine Power Co.

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