Thursday's ruling is a blow to solar advocates who have fought the new rule that reduces credits to homeowners.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed a legal challenge to a controversial new solar energy rule, saying the dispute should go to a lower court instead.
The ruling Thursday is the latest blow for solar advocates who have fought the state Public Utilities Commission over a new rule that reduces the credit that people with home solar panel systems receive on their energy bills. But the head of the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine said the environmental advocacy group will now continue its fight in Superior Court.
“We obviously are disappointed,” Sean Mahoney said. “The decision doesn’t address the underlying problems with the PUC rule.”
Harry Lanphear, the PUC’s administrative director, declined to comment in detail but said he was glad to see the court’s decision.
“They agreed with our position, so we’re certainly pleased with that,” Lanphear said.