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Protecting Women’s Rights and Fighting for Increased Health Care Coverage

Protecting Women’s Rights and Fighting for Increased Health Care Coverage

In the last legislative session, I made access to affordable health care central to my work. We had a number of successes. Notable among them was LD 319, “An Act To Strengthen the Economic Stability of Qualified Maine Citizens by Expanding Coverage of Reproductive Health Care and Family Services”, which provides critical access to reproductive … Read more about Protecting Women’s Rights and Fighting for Increased Health Care CoverageRead more

Net Meter Me in Another Load of Firewood Already: Two Quick Things Are Different About the New Solar Policy

Net Meter Me in Another Load of Firewood Already: Two Quick Things Are Different About the New Solar Policy

There are two major changes with the new approach from what we have today. They’re both related to the scenario in which you make more electricity than you use (every sensible solar install in Maine does that in the summertime, so as to store up some credits for the winter. It’s like getting your firewood … Read more about Net Meter Me in Another Load of Firewood Already: Two Quick Things Are Different About the New Solar PolicyRead more

Electrical Hangover

Electrical Hangover

There has been a lot of talk recently, in the context of our “neXt metering” solar discussion, about the problem with entering into long term energy contracts. Briefly, the proposed new approach would compensate solar producers in dollars per kilowatt hour via a 20 year contract; while net metering nets out kilowatt hours prior to … Read more about Electrical HangoverRead more

7-11: The Provider of Last Resort?

7-11: The Provider of Last Resort?

If you go to the fridge at midnight and you’re out of milk, maybe 7-11 is the Provider of Last Resort, since they’re always open. A similar concept exists in telephone service, except it’s not optional – it’s regulated and required. POLR (which rhymes with ‘solar’) regulation stipulates that the phone company provide a dial tone … Read more about 7-11: The Provider of Last Resort?Read more