Governor's Energy Office

AUGUSTA, Maine - Heating oil is more expensive than a year ago in Maine, where residents of the state are looking ahead to fall and winter.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Fifteen years ago, Maine restructured its electricity business. The state required power companies to sell off their generating facilities and become only transmission and distribution companies.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill backed by the top Republican in the House and Gov. Paul LePage would create a Maine energy commissioner and give the governor the power to nominate the head of an independent agency that helps residents lower their energy bills.

Rep. Ken Fredette's proposal unveiled Wednesday would make the director of the Governor's Energy Office a cabinet-level position and create the Maine Energy Office. The executive director of Efficiency Maine Trust would also be nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.