Zoominar Featuring Maine Leaders Opposing Avangrid and Advancing Forming State Public Power
Thursday, July 8, 6pm-7:30pm Conversation with Maine Energy Advocates. We get to hear it straight from Maine residents who are fighting Avangrid as if their lives, power and forests depended upon their winning the battle. Hearing from the “Mainers” will be more than enough to convince you that NM must be nuts to even be considering this merger. PNM has been bad enough, but to now accept a mega corporation from Spain that has a truly terrible track record of exploitation, avoiding regulation, failure to pay fines, and manipulation of legislatures in the US, UK, Spain and the Global South: Find out what is at stake with:
- Vaughan Woodruff is former CEO and founder of Insource Renewables. Vaughan’s experience within the local and national solar industry is broad. He was chair of Maine’s solar industry trade association during the height of policy battles, and was lead instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Instructor Training Network in New England and New York. Vaughan has been an outspoken advocate for renewable energy in Maine and has extensive experience implementing solar power within the Central Maine Power/Avangrid/Iberdrola utility territory. He has testified at the Public Utility Commission and is a powerful advocate for new legislation in Maine that would create a public power utility, Pine Tree Power, to protect the people of Maine from Avangrid’s incompetent, unreliable service and obstruction of distributed solar power.
- William Dunn, President of Sunset Point LLC Bill Dunn specializes in electricity market design and implementation, ancillary services, utility and power pool/market operations, inter-utility coordination, contractual power supply arrangements, and transmission access and pricing. Bill has over 49 years of experience in working with electric utility organizations of all ownership types (i.e., public, private, local and federal). He has held senior positions in utilities and on power pool/market committees. Bill is a leading advocate and lobbyist for the newly proposed public power legislation in Maine and has testified extensively about the failures of Central Maine Power, Avangrid and Iberdrola to serve the public interest in Maine.
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- Legislative Advocacy Strategy Huddle. We operated these huddles on Fridays from 3-4:30 through the 2021 Session. We will restart the Huddles in May to plan for the Interim Session and the 2022 Short Session. We have identified four priorities at this point:
- Review of Salaries Every Two Years and we do not want to use the term “paid legislators” as the voters are less excited about this.
- Environmental Rights Act, also known as The Green Amendment
- Small Loan Rate Act Max Annual Percentage Rate AKA Predatory Lending Limits
- State Public Bank
We are certain that the first two bills will be introduced as Joint Resolutions do not need to be on the call. We are told that the Governor plans to put Small Loan Rates on the call. Our allies at Alliance For Local Economic Prosperity are working to get the Governor to put their Public Banking bill on the call.
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