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A major transformation in the way energy is being made, delivered and used in the U.S. is underway.

In Maine a pilot project is highlighting a new way to disrupt utilities’s traditional business models. A startup company in the state averted the need to build a costly new transmission line by proposing to save — and even make — electricity, right in the neighborhood.

Fred Bever of Maine Public Radio reports.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative.

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Fred Bever, news reporter and producer for Maine Public Radio and the New England News Collaborative.

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