Electric Supply: Deregulated
Gas Supply: Deregulated
Electric Utilities: Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro-Electric, Maine Public Service
Gas Utilities: Bangor Gas Company, Maine Natural Gas
PUC Website: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/
The Maine Public Utilities Commission allows customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro-Electric, Maine Public Service, the electric cooperatives, and municipal districts to choose alternate electric suppliers. The state's investor-owned utilities sold their power plants to open the market to competition, and now only own the transmission and distribution wires. Customers who do not choose an alternate energy provider receive default supply from the utility, or Standard Offer Service (SOS). How often the Standard Offer price generally lasts one year for small commercial customers, and one month for medium and large commercial customers. Large commercial customers also must pay peak rates.
Maine customers can choose an alternative gas supplier. Customers with alternate gas supplier will still have gas delivered by the local utility. Customers without an alternate gas supplier receive default supply service from their utility. Under default supply service, customers pay a supply charge called “cost of gas” which varies monthly.