2017-03-16 / Letters

Maine people should support solar power

To the editor:

Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the 2016 solar energy bill was not overridden for the lack of two votes. This bill would have given a firm foundation to Maine’s solar energy policy and allowed us to regain parity with all the other Northeastern states.

Without good solar policy, Maine has lost more than 800 new, good solar jobs and other ancillary jobs at a time of paper plant and other closures. The governor’s appointed rate-payer advocate estimated a savings for rate payers of more than $55 million while the governor persisted in his fiction that electricity rates would rise by 70 percent and other absurdities. This year, the governor’s Public Utility Commission proposed the most dire anti-solar rules in the nation. Another step backward into darkness.

Please contact your local and state legislators and urge them to support any and all reasonable efforts to establish a winning policy on solar energy and make Maine first, not last.

Norman and Anne Davidson Saco

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