Maine Asks Residents to Cut Electricity Use

January 04, 2006

Governor John E. Baldacci recently unveiled "Save a Watt. The 10 Percent Challenge," a program that asks Maine residents to reduce electricity use this winter. The goal of the 10 Percent Challenge is to help ease regional energy supply and reliability concerns by reducing electrical usage by 10 percent, which will also yield direct benefits by lowering monthly utility bills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Efficiency Maine, a program administered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and Constellation, an electricity standard offer supplier, have partnered to create the Challenge and encourage Maine residents to participate. If every Maine residential and small commercial utility customer in the Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric service territories achieves the 10 percent reduction, the state will save $18 million and prevent the release of 83 tons of carbon dioxide, according to the governor's press release.