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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/04/11

Rep. Aaron Libby Tapped for Energy, Utilities Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Aaron Libby has taken up his duties on the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, which will put him in position to shape legislation on a range of issues, from energy conservation and the natural gas industry to cable TV services.

Rep. Libby (R-Waterboro), a first-term legislator, said he is pleased with his committee assignment. "Energy is central to our way of life," he said. "I'm interested in learning more about the state's future energy supply, and as a farmer I'll pay particular attention to the energy needs of our agricultural community. I think a free market approach to Maine's energy situation would bring more efficiency and give us the best shot at lower costs."

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government.

The Energy committee's jurisdiction includes energy resources, efficiency and conservation; and the electric industry, including supply, transmission and distribution. It also oversees the natural gas industry, along with telecommunications, which involves mobile, telephone, Internet, broadband and cable television services. The Public Utilities Commission and the Office of the Public Advocate also fall under its purview.

Rep. Libby, one of only a few full-time farmers in the Legislature, is a third-generation fruit grower and has worked on his family's farm since childhood. He serves on the executive committee of Maine's Pomological Society, comprised of apple orchard owners throughout the state dedicated to strengthening that sector as well as the entire agricultural industry. Last year, he was selected as one of 10 growers to take part in U.S. Apples Young Growers Initiative and Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C. He is a 2002 graduate of Massabesic High School.

Rep. Libby represents House District 139, which includes Waterboro and part of Lyman. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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