“The commission is pleased to make these awards today to support electrification of the transportation sector,” said Philip Bartlett, the PUC’s chairman.
The number of charging stations for electric vehicles in Maine will increase by 120, roughly 50 percent, following action Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission.
Through a rebate program run by Efficiency Maine Trust, 60 rebates will be provided for $4,000 each, for a total of $240,000. These rebates will be for so-called Level 2 electric charging stations. Eighty percent of the rebates will be offered to customers in Central Maine Power’s service area and 20 percent to customers in Emera Maine’s service area.
A separate program run by Central Maine Power will provide $4,000 in “make ready” work for the electrical infrastructure required to provide for 60 Level 2 charging stations, for a total of $240,000. This program will be offered as an alternative to Efficiency Maine’s rebate program, to learn which approach is preferred by customers.
A Level 2 charger is a 220-volt connection, like a clothes dryer, and takes about eight hours to charge an electric vehicle. It’s usually located at workplaces, stores or homes.
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Wind fighter Hanley to seek fourth term in Maine House
Representative Jeff Hanley (R-Pittston) has filed paperwork to run for a fourth term. Hanley, who serves as the top House Republican on the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology committee, said that he has been pushing back against policies that would drive up the cost of energy or make it more costly for homeowners to stay warm during his six years in office.
“I am all for solar, wind and alternative energy sources as long as we are not passing their cost on to the people paying the bills,” said Hanley. “Maine has one of the highest energy costs in the nation, and we can’t afford to see it go even higher. It’s getting in the way of business growth, in rural areas especially, and we have to turn things around if we are going to build a sustainable economy here.”
Hanley said that he has serious concerns about putting windmills on Maine’s scenic mountaintops and along its coastline where lobstermen haul their traps.
“In my first term we pushed back against industrial wind power and gave the people of our remote rural communities a chance to say no,” he said. “Many of our small communities have been led to believe there are only going to be benefits of these wind turbines, and aren’t taking into account the concerns of sportsmen, residents along lakes, or those who believe in due process. Now you’re starting to see a push for off-shore wind in areas where our lobstermen work every day. I think we need to take a real hard look at where we are going with wind power before it’s too late. People come from all over the world to visit and look out over our coastline. We should consider how will this hurt us.”
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