Dam in Kennebunk, Maine

The historic Kesslen building with the dam at the Mousam River on Main Street in Kennebunk

A Maine Electric Company with History

Initially founded as the Kennebunk Electric Light Department in December of 1893 to provide street lighting throughout the Town of Kennebunk, Maine, the District is one of eight consumer owned, not-for-profit electric utilities in the state of Maine.

There are only two “light and power districts” in the state of Maine: one in the Town of Kennebunk and the other in the Town of Van Buren. Light and Power Districts are formed by a special and private act of the Legislature based upon a request by the citizens of a town. The Act to incorporate the Kennebunk Light & Power District was passed by the 95th Legislature, A.D. 1951.

In short, the Act transferred all the rights, power and authority of the town of Kennebunk electric light and power system to the District forming a consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric lighting and power plant. The District’s charter defines the territorial limits of the District to include parts of the town of Lyman, Wells and North Kennebunkport (now Arundel) as were served by the electric light department in 1951.

For more information and interesting details, including a service map for the town of Kennebunk, please see our History page.

Upcoming Events

Board of Trustees meetings are at 6:00pm at the KLPD Office for all meetings listed below except otherwise noted:

  • November 24, 2015 – GM presents 1st draft goals & budget
  • December 8, 2015 – Presentation of Annual Report by GM; review goals & budget
  • December 29, 2015 – Regular Meeting



Kennebunk Light & Power District’s Board of Trustees will hold a public information meeting on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7 PM in the Kennebunk Town Hall auditorium to solicit public input on the Wright-Pierce Dam Alternatives Report. A copy of the working draft of this report is available on the Hydro page of our website at www.klpd.org.  The Board asks that members of the public familiarize themselves with this document in preparation of this public information meeting.  To date no decisions have been made in regard to the fate of the District’s 3 hydro facilities on the Mousam River, and this is yet another step in the process that the KLPD Board is taking in the decision making process.

Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact Todd Shea, General Manager, Kennebunk Light &Power District at (207) 985-3311, via email at tshea@klpd.org or in person at the District offices located at 4 Factory Pasture Lane.  I thank you all in advance for your attention to this matter.