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Maine local, renewable power program will become permanent

April 18, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine initiative that allows electricity customers to pay more on their bills to make sure their energy is from a local, renewable source will become a permanent fixture in the state.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed off on a proposal to make the program, called the Maine Green Power initiative, permanent. The program is designed to allow residents to make certain their energy is purchased from a renewable source located in the state.

The program had expired on April 1. Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of Bowdoinham said the initiative is a “proven, purely voluntary program that supports community renewables, and I’m grateful we were able to give it new life.”

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The initiative will be able to accept new participants on June 29. The Maine Public Utilities Commission said there will be no interruption for more than 4,300 customers who already use it.