Maine governor warns residents that signing referendum petition from Maine Citizens for Clean Energy -- aimed at requiring 20% of state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020 -- would increase energy costs, pad special interest pockets

AUGUSTA, Maine , January 9, 2012 () – Gov. Paul LePage is urging residents not to sign a referendum petition aimed at requiring at least 20 percent of Maine's electricity come from new renewable energy sources by 2020.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, LePage says the Maine Citizens for Clean Energy Coalition is collecting signatures for a November ballot initiative that would increase energy costs while "padding the pockets" of special interests.

The question ask voters if they want to require that at least 20 percent of Maine's electricity come from new renewable energy sources by 2020. LePage says Mainers should have choices but shouldn't be forced to buy certain types of alternative energy, especially if it's more expensive.

LePage says Mainers currently pay 42 percent above the national average for electricity.

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