An Act To Increase the Safety of Maine Residents in Extended Power Outages
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3144 is enacted to read:
§ 3144. Emergency response plans
The commission, by rule or order, shall require each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to establish an emergency response plan for recovery and restoration in response to an emergency in accordance with this section. The plan must be based on the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Incident Management System publication, issued on October 17, 2017, or an updated version published subsequent to that date. For the purposes of this section, "emergency" means an event in which widespread outages have occurred in the service territory of the investor-owned transmission and distribution utility due to weather events or other causes beyond the control of the utility.