Senate Republican Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senator Woodsome to Chair Maine Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee
York County Legislator will also serve on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee
Augusta – Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has appointed Senator David Woodsome (R-York) as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology (EUT) once more.
“It’s a privilege to be named Chair of this important committee for another term,” said Senator Woodsome. “I am very proud of the work we accomplished last session. While we addressed and made progress on complex issues, we have to continue to explore all avenues of incorporating new ideas and technology to move Maine forward. The high cost of energy in Maine is a stranglehold on our economy. It makes it difficult to recruit new employers to our state, and businesses have cited it as a key factor time and time again as they reduced the size of their workforce or relocated elsewhere. I look forward to working with my colleagues on solutions to put Mainers back to work, because we can’t afford to be uncompetitive any longer.
“Also of importance to me is that I have been appointed second senate chair to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. As a life-long outdoors person, I have great interest and appreciation in this area.”
The jurisdiction of the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee includes energy resources, the electric industry, the natural gas industry, the telecommunications industry, E-9-1-1, water and sewer utilities, the Public Utilities Commission, the Office of the Public Advocate, and the Efficiency Maine Trust.
“Senator Woodsome has proven to be an effective leader on the EUT committee over the last two years,” said Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin). “As we see another mill terminate an additional 190 jobs next month, the work of the EUT committee will become even more important over the next two years as we continue to address the high cost of energy in Maine. It is clear to me that Senator Woodsome is the right man for this job.”
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) also lauded Senator Woodsome’s appointment. “Energy policy continues to play a key role in Maine’s recovering economy. I am confident that Senator Woodsome will continue to lead the committee with integrity during this vital time.”
Senator Woodsome represents Maine Senate District 33 which includes communities in York County.