Augusta- Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has appointed Senator David Woodsome (R-York) as the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology (EUT).

“It is a privilege to be named Chair of this important committee,” said Senator Woodsome. “Energy costs are going to be a key priority in the coming legislative session, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to address that and other policies that affect essential services such as telecommunications and broadband access.”

The jurisdiction of the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee includes energy resources, the electric industry, the natural gas industry, the telecommunications industry, E-9-1-1, water and sewer utilities, the Public Utilities Commission, the Office of the Public Advocate, and the Efficiency Maine Trust.

“At this important time for Maine’s energy policy, I am confident that Senator Woodsome is the right person to lead this committee,” said Senator Thibodeau. “His integrity and sense of fair play will be essential to the policy deliberation that will take place.”

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) also lauded Senator Woodsome’s appointment. “We must ensure Maine has an energy policy that is helpful, and not a hindrance, to our state’s economy. We must also have effective policy to support our state’s telecommunications and broadband needs. I have every confidence that Senator Woodsome has the knowledge and skills to lead the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee during this vital time.”

Senator Woodsome has also been named to the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government.