October 17, 2012

LePage video takes aim at energy regulations

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has a new video about Maine's energy future, and renewable energy in particular.

The three-minute video, "Energy: Maine's Economic Barrier," appeared Tuesday on the Office of the Governor website. It finds fault with Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard, the state law that sets minimums for power generated from renewable energy sources.

LePage points to reports that conclude millions of dollars are wasted, jobs are on the line and electric bills could rise due to government mandates, such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard.

With the legislative session approaching, LePage is focused on lowering the price of electricity. One proposal seeks to remove the 100 megawatt cap on hydropower in the portfolio standard. LePage says the cap is artificially increasing electricity rates for Maine consumers and companies.

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