Maine's governor proposes an end to net metering

"Maine proposes an end to net metering"

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Gov. Paul LePage of Maine (R) has proposed an end to the state's solar net metering program, according to Maine Public Broadcasting.

  • LePage’s proposal includes a three-year grandfather period that would allow residents who have installed solar panels to recover some of their investment.
  • LePage wants to replace the state’s net metering program with a market-based approach.

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Maine Public Broadcasting:
LePage Proposes End to Maine's Solar Net Metering Program

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 27, 2016 at 3:51pm

Home solar production (or small business) would be last in line to have any value to the grid, even if available when wind was not.

Essentially under the LePage Plan, though they will argue otherwise, Big solar (along with Big Wind and the LePage Gas consortiums) will win the day and have the statutes (whatever they may become) eventually turn to exclude gradually, any home production as a value. And those tax incentive assisted devices will be viewed in being in competition with the Big Boys causing them further hardships, justifying yet more rate increases or a complete exclusion of any Small production systems, as is done with micro hydro generation. 

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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