The Maine Legislature has sustained Gov. Janet Mills’ veto of a bill that would’ve asked voters to buyout the state’s two largest utilities and replace them with a consumer-owned electric company.
The House voted 68 to 65 to override the governor’s veto, but that was well short of the two-thirds support needed.
Advocates for the consumer-owned utility say they’ll now take their proposal directly to Maine voters by collecting signatures to put the bill on the ballot next year. They say the Versant Power and Central Maine Power have failed their customers with poor reliability, increased rates and and management that prioritizes investor earnings over customers. Opponents, including the governor, say that the proposal was drafted too quickly and lacked proper vetting.