Maine considers electrifying proposal that will give the boot to company electrical utilities

PORTLAND, Maine — Taking a web page from the “throw-the-bums-out” script in politics, Mainers are poised to vote on an unprecedented plan to rid themselves of the state’s two largest electrical utilities and begin with a clear slate.

The proposed takeover of two investor-owned utilities that distribute 97 p.c of electrical energy within the state would mark the primary time a U.S. state’s utilities have been forcibly eliminated on the identical time.

The referendum requires dismantling Central Maine Energy and Versant Energy and changing them with a nonprofit utility referred to as Pine Tree Energy to function 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) of transmission strains.

Throughout the nation, ratepayers who’re sad with their utilities are watching what occurs when Mainers vote on Nov. 7 within the off-year election.

“What we are saying about state coverage and traits is that it may change into contagious,” stated Timothy Cox, from Washington-based Clear View Power Companions.