AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- During a hearing Wednesday, legislatures heard about a bill that would allow mills to sell their unused energy.
L.D. 1792 is a bill that would allows mill, like the Great Northern Paper Mill, to power down on days where energy costs and demand are at their highest, and then sell that unused energy back on the open market.
During Wednesday's hearing, supporters used the analogy of someone who sells firewood. They would sell someone a cord, and that person can then sell their firewood at a higher price as demand increases.
GNP shut down in Janurary due to budget problems. It has a contract to buy power from Brookfield Renewable energy. Passage of this bill would change state law, allowing GNP to put that energy onto the open market and help get the 200 plus laid off workers back to work.
A working session for the bill will be held on Friday.