Clean Power, Clear Savings: Maine

Public Citizen

[Bangor Daily News] The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has said a federal plan to limit carbon emissions could drop home power bills by as much as 12.5 percent in 15 years, based on a projected cut in power use.

The group used national data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to estimate how the proposed Clean Power Plan would affect individual electricity customers, fighting the cries of opponents that the plan will increase the cost of power…

New England has few coal plants and a regional cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction program hailed as a model for states to comply with the proposed emissions-reduction plan. The plan would call for Maine to reduce emissions from power plants by 13.5 percent from 2005 levels, by 2030.

The group’s analysis of EPA figures found that the cost of complying with those new rules would initially raise annual power bills in Maine by about $39 to $52 in 2020 but would then decline to save between $117 and $129 by 2030…


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