Even though Maine still relies predominantly on fuel oil to heat its homes, the Pine Tree state generates nearly all of its electricity from a combination of natural gas and renewable energy sources like hydropower. Additionally, Maine's biomass initiative constitutes one-fifth of its renewable energy portfolio, outpacing any other state with similar program according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The diverse contributors to the energy needs is part of the reason why Maine energy rates are lower than many of their neighbors.
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The nation's easternmost state rewards its retail energy customers with southernmost energy rates. Though Maine remains on the higher end when comparing its energy prices nationally, retail energy providers currently offer the second-lowest energy rates in New England behind Vermont. That's welcome news for a region with notoriously high energy prices. This could be partially attributed to Maine's deceptively small population. After all, fewer people means smaller demand, which in turn means greater availability of supply. However, if its industrial sector's rock-bottom energy consumption is any indication of a bigger picture, Mainers might just be experts in energy efficiency across the board, helping them achieve better rate stability.
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