AUGUSTA — Several members of a protest led by Quakers were arrested Monday afternoon at Central Maine Power headquarters over solar power and net metering. Net metering refers to the means by which producers of solar power are credited by the power company for electricity they send into the grid.
About 30 protesters assembled at CMP’s Edison Drive facility at noontime, with one hoisting a homemade sign reading “Let’s move beyond petroleum to a clean energy future.” The protesters were not allowed inside the CMP building lobby, but were allowed in the parking lot, where they sang songs about the sun and held up signs calling out CMP for being “shady.”
Just before 1 p.m., the group made its way to the front doors of the power company. The doors were locked. Augusta police were called. Rob Levin, a Portland Quaker, told the group to walk “calmly and non-violently” toward the doors.
“CMP has chosen to keep out ratepayers,” he said at the doors. “They’ve literally shut the doors on their ratepayers.”
Augusta police told everyone at the scene to leave the area immediately, or they would be arrested.