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March 26, 2015

PUC's last Baldacci appointee to stay on

David Littell, the Maine Public Utilities Commission member who cast the dissenting vote in two recent controversial decisions, said he is staying on board after his six-year term expires at the end of the month.

Littell, who had been appointed by former Gov. John Baldacci, told the Portland Press Herald that he wants to continue serving to work on wind power contracts, future funding for Efficiency Maine and the establishment of a Smart Grid Coordinator. Commissioners are allowed to stay on after their term expires until a new commissioner is appointed, the newspaper noted.

Gov. Paul LePage is expected to nominate a replacement for Littell in the next few weeks. Littell had been the dissenting vote in the PUC's decision to cut funding for Efficiency Maine by $38 million and its decision to reconsider two wind projects that were initially approved by the PUC in December.

Source: Portland Press Herald

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