Data: Maine Had Longer, More Frequent Power Outages Per Customer Than Any Other State In 2017
Preti Flaherty attorney Todd Griset discusses Maine's poor power outage record with Maine Public. According to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Maine electricity users endured the most frequent service interruptions and the longest outages of any state in the country in 2017.
Maine’s worst-in-the-nation status for 2017 held up even when damage from major weather events — including that year’s devastating windstorm — was left out of the calculation.
“Unfortunately both — if you take into account major events Maine led the pack. And if you exclude major events Maine still led the pack,” he says, “significantly in excess of any other state.”