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Unanimously Endorses Bartlett Energy Bill
March 14, 2006
AUGUSTA-State Senator Philip L. Bartlett II (D-Cumberland)
issued a statement today after the Utilities and Energy Committee
supported an amended version of LD 1931, "An Act to Encourage
Energy Independence for Maine". "I am very pleased that
all members of the committee, as well as stakeholders, came together
to support the amended version of this bill. It will
benefit all Maine people," said Senator Bartlett, the bill's
The bill charges the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with developing
a plan to expand the success of the Efficiency Maine Program to lower
energy costs for
all consumers. They are to report to the Energy and Utilities Committee next
with their findings, recommendations and proposed implementing legislation.
bill also requires the Office of Energy Independence to examine the state of
home heating in Maine and report back to the Utilities Committee
by November of this year. This report must include the total statewide
and average Maine household annual consumption of heating energy,
by fuel type and recommendations for policies and programs to reduce
home heating bills. Additionally, the bill will help schools use
less energy by providing school facility managers with training
through the Efficiency Maine program.
"Recent increases in energy costs clearly demonstrate that we
must invest in conservation and energy efficiency
measures now," said Bartlett. "Maine people simply
cannot continue paying these high prices. Their incomes are not
increasing at the same rate. People and businesses alike are falling
further and further behind," the Senator continued. "We
have to step in and make sure that these trends do not continue. "
Anyone wishing to share concerns or comments about these,
or any other, issues should contract Senator Bartlett at the State
House at 1-800-423-6900 or 287-1515.
Senator Bartlett is Chair of
the Utilities Energy Committee, and represents the communities
of Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook.