Maine Electric Ratepayer Advisory Council

Electric Ratepayer Advisory Council Report, December 1, 2022 (PDF)

Background Information - Membership - Meeting Information


The Office of the Public Advocate is pleased to announce the creation of the Electric Ratepayer Advisory Council. This Council is formed to fulfil the requirements included in L.D. 1913 An Act to Create the Electric Ratepayer Advisory Council. The Council consists of 13 voting members representing customers, special interest groups, and utilities across Maine. The appointments were made by the Public Advocate William Harwood. There are five ex-officio members representing various state and quasi-state agencies. The Council is charged with evaluating the affordability of electricity in Maine and advising the Public Advocate on potential savings measures.

L.D. 1913 - An Act to Create the Electric Ratepayer Advisory Council


Seat as described in statute: Council Member: Organization: Title:
Voting Members:      
Senior Citizens/Aging Population Jess Maurer Maine Council on Aging Executive Director
Equal Justice Advocacy Org Ann Danforth Maine Equal Justice Policy Advocate
Community Action Agency Claire Berkowitz Midcoast Maine
Community Action
Statewide Affordable Housing Advocate Amy Racine Saco Falls
Director of
Property Management
Central Maine Power Linda Ball Central Maine Power V.P. Customer Service
Versant Lisa Henaghen Versant Manager, Billing & Payment
COU Representative Amy Watson Fox Island Electric Cooperative CEO
Large Industrial Employer Shawn Lovley Pineland Farms
Potato Co.
Plant Manager
Research Organization (Economic) Sharon Klein University of Maine Associate Professor
CMP Customer Tina Riley Citizen CMP Customer
Versant Customer John Fitzpatrick Citizen Versant Customer
Small Business Owner Kim Brackett Brackett's Market (Bath) Owner
Federally Recognized Tribal Rep Reese Chavaree Penobscot Nation Community Services Coordinator
Ex Officio:      
Public Advocate/OPA Designee Bill Harwood Office of the Public Advocate Public Advocate
Director of GEO Dan Burgess Governor's Energy Office Director
PUC Chair/PUC Designee Phil Bartlett Public Utilities Commission Chairman
Director of EMT/EMT Designee Ian Burnes Efficiency Maine Trust Director of Strategic Initiatives
Director of MSHA Designee Erik Jorgensen MaineHousing Sr. Director Of Government
Relations & Communications
Office of the Public Advocate Benjamin Frech OPA Senior Assistant to PA
Public Utilities Commission Deirdre Schneider PUC Legislative Liaison

Meeting Information

January 25, 2023 Meeting

November 15, 2022 Meeting

October 24, 2022 Meeting

September 21, 2022 Meeting

August 22, 2022 Meeting

June 27, 2022 Meeting