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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.


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

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