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Item 11440

Ralph Nader, Portland, 1982

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1982-10-14 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 16817

Power Station, Springvale, ca 1905

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Springvale Media: Print from Glass Negative

Item 18990

Central Maine Power Company appliance store

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Media: Photographic print


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Nuclear Energy for Maine?

Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscasset generated electricity from 1972 until 1996. Activists concerned about the plant's safety led three unsuccessful referendum campaigns in the 1980s to shut it down.


Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.