FAQs About Pine Tree Power

Question 3 on November’s ballot asks Mainers if they want to replace Maine’s electric utilities with a government-run power company, called Pine Tree Power. The proposal is poorly-written and confusing, here’s a rundown of some of the key questions Mainers are asking about this harmful proposal:


 

Will Pine Tree Power reduce my monthly electric bill?

To be clear: NO. Despite the confusing claims from supporters, Pine Tree Power WILL NOT reduce your monthly electric bill. In fact, a recent study shows that this proposal is likely to INCREASE your monthly electric bill.


 

Will Pine Tree Power help keep the lights on when storms hit?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. In fact, Question 3 creates Pine Tree Power without ANY PLAN WHATSOEVER for running Maine’s electric grid. No plan for operations, no plan for dealing with power outages, and no plan for ensuring the lights stay on in our homes, hospitals, or businesses.


 

Won’t Pine Tree Power reduce costs by eliminating corporate profit?

NO. Pine Tree Power’s “non profit” premise is a complete shell game. Pine Tree Power DOES takeover Maine’s electrical utilities under the banner of a quasi-governmental organization, but then immediately farms the entire operation out to a separate, out-of-state FOR PROFIT corporation. Pine Tree Power doesn’t take the corporate profit out of our power supply, it just adds another layer to it.


 

Does Pine Tree Power mean more local control?

NO. Maine’s electric grid is run right now by Maine people who know Maine’s energy needs better than anyone. Pine Tree Power would force them out, and replace them with an out-of-state corporation with no experience dealing with Maine’s unique energy distribution challenges.


 

Will Pine Tree Power help the transition to renewable power?

Definitely NOT. Maine’s Public Advocate recently stated that Pine Tree Power would take up to 10 years to put their team together and work through expected legal challenges. This means investment in renewable energy generation will have to take a seat on the sidelines while Maine works through a decade of uncertainty. This will throw the brakes on Maine’s clean energy future, and keep us dependent on fossil fuels for the foreseeable future.