UPDATE at 3PM: I just received a note advising that LD 1339 will not be discussed today and that a replacement date has not yet been announced. Please advise if you hear a date/other information.
A seemingly important Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee work session, with potential Wind implications is scheduled for today, 1/19/16 at 2:00PM according to the Bangor Daily News:
"An effort to cap electric rates in Maine at 10 cents per kilowatt hour or less likely will go to a vote by the Legislature’s Energy Committee on Tuesday.
But the bill, LD 1339, by Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, also calls for the suspension of the state’s renewable energy portfolio requirements if suppliers cannot provide a 10-cent rate while meeting the portfolio requirements"................. "Dylan Voorhees, clean energy project director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, wrote in testimony to the committee. “This bill would add uncertainty by introducing the possibility — however remote — that the RPS will suddenly be suspended"
Note that there is also a meeting of the EUT starting at 1:00PM.
All such times are approximate and subject to change.
Also, note meetings on Thursday.
Tune In (as early as 1:00PM)
Turn up your speakers and note that when they are not actively meeting, there will be dead air. So don't be discouraged if at exactly 1PM you get only dead air. Check back here for possible updates. If something is said that warrants a rebuttal, feel free to post here.
Click the following link for live audio and then click START.
EUT Committee Members
Senator David Woodsome (R-York), Chair
Senator Garrett P. Mason (R-Androscoggin)
Representative Mark N. Dion (D-Portland), Chair
Representative Roberta B. Beavers (D-South Berwick)
Representative Christopher W. Babbidge (D-Kennebunk)
Representative Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery)
Representative Jennifer L. DeChant (D-Bath)
Representative Martin J. Grohman (D-Biddeford)
Representative Nathan J. Wadsworth (R-Hiram)*
Representative Beth A. O'Connor (R-Berwick)
Representative Norman E. Higgins (R-Dover-Foxcroft)
Representative Larry C. Dunphy (U-Embden)
*Ranking Minority Member
Committee Clerk: Ben Frech
Policy Analyst: Deirdre Schneider
Fiscal Analyst: James Robbins
Hearing Room: Room 211, Cross State Office Building - phone (207) 287-4143
Chairs' Office: Room 211A, Cross State Office Building
Why is there renewable portfolio standards taxation at all?
Why is Maine in ISO-NE?
Thanks for all this good information Long Islander!
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