AUGUSTA — On Monday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. in the State House Hall of Flags, the volunteer-led Our Power coalition will celebrate their successful signature collection to let Maine voters replace for-profit, foreign-owned CMP and Versant with a nonprofit, consumer-owned utility, the Pine Tree Power Company. The press conference will be followed by a people-powered “moving crew” to submit signatures at the Office of the Secretary of State, in the Cross Office Building.

If approved by voters in November, 2023, the Our Power citizen initiative will replace CMP and Versant with the Pine Tree Power Company, a privately-operated, nonprofit, consumer-owned utility. The initiative does not allow for state ownership or for the use of tax dollars, and the new company would not serve the parts of Maine (97 towns) already served by existing nonprofit utilities.

For the full text of the ballot question, visit ourpowermaine.org/citizen-initiative.