From Friends of Maine's Mountains:
LD 1107 is a curious bill that seeks to do three things:
1. Mandate a 40% off-peak discount for electricity customers. This would be good for electric thermal storage heat, electric vehicles, etc. Much of the off-peak time is when New England electricity is cleanest (the dams and nuke plants can satisfy almost all demand).
2. Mandate T&D (poles and wires) rate discounts (to be determined) for electric customers who purchase power from new renewables (essentially wind). Of course, ratepayers buy electricity from the grid, not directly from any generator. Morever, wind is a driver of increased T&D rates, so seeking to discount it makes no sense.
3. Conduct a study of electricity costs. At the April 15 public hearing in the Utilities Committee, FMM will support just this provision, with caveats.
Listen live on the Web at: http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Audio/211
After clicking the above link, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right of the words "Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee Room (EUT)".
Descriptions of the three audio buttons are as follows:
If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air.