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Governor Janet Mills has announced a $6.5 million Maine Jobs & Recovery program to help Maine businesses update electrical grid capacity at their facilities to expand their operations and workforce.

The program – an initiative of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), and the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) – will provide grants to fund electric grid upgrades for businesses, with an emphasis on rural, energy-intensive industries, such as agricultural and food systems, seafood harvesting, forestry, manufacturing, and housing.

Grants through this program will help cover the cost of electrical grid upgrades for businesses, helping them to upgrade their infrastructure, grow operations, improve efficiency, expand facilities, or increase their workforce.

From Governor Janet Mills:

This important investment from my Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan will help growing Maine businesses access safe and reliable electricity to power their operations and increase their efficiency to lower production costs. Electricity supply can be a challenge for many businesses, especially in rural areas of the state. Investing in electric grid infrastructure is key to providing confidence for employers to locate and grow in Maine.

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