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Standard Offer

Maine's electric industry restructuring law (codified at 35-A M.R.A.A. Sections 3201-3217) allows retail consumers to purchase their electricity supply from competitive electricity providers (see List of Competitive Electricity Providers). Under the restructuring law, all competitive electricity providers (including all retail suppliers of electricity, electricity brokers, and aggregators) must be licensed by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Electric consumers that are not served by a competitive electricity provider automatically have their electricity supplied by the "Standard Offer." The delivery of electricity over transmission and distribution lines continues to be a monopoly service provided by fully regulated utilities (see List of Maine's Transmission and Distribution Utilities.)