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20 Oct
Brief of the Appellants Net Metering
Friday, October 20, 2017
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
Author : Conservation Law Foundation
Adoption Year : 2017
The imposition of transmission and distribution charges on net energy billing (NEB) customers for energy generated and consumed behind the meter results in teh unlawful exit fees and constitutes unjust discrimination, is an illegal exit fee, is unlawful, unjust discrimination, exceeds the commission's authority, is unsupported by the record, contains procedural errors, failed to issue an economic impact statement, and did not provide adequate notice and opportunity to comment regarding the structural change.
21 Mar
Retail Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar-Focus on New England
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    Connecticut    Maine    Massachusetts    New Hampshire    New Jersey    New York    Rhode Island    Vermont    
Author : Nicholas Martin and Karl Rabago
Adoption Year : 2017
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently issued a study entitled “Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context,” authored by Galen Barbose. The LBNL study estimates the potential rate impact of distributed solar on national average retail electricity prices, and importantly, compares that impact to the potential impact of other rate drivers such as natural gas prices, renewable portfolio standards, and utility capital expenditures.1 This brief applies a similar style analysis as used by LBNL to regional
11 Jan
Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Benjamin L. Norris and Philip Gruenhagen, Clean Power Research, LLC; Robert C. Grace and Po-Yu Yuen, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC; Dr. Richard Perez; Karl R. Rábago (Rabago), Pace Energy and Climate Center
Adoption Year : 2015
This report calculated a 25-year Levelized Distributed PV Value for the Central Maine Power service territory. The total value of solar found in this report is 33.7 cents per kWh.
21 Oct
Our View: PUC solar proposal wrong policy, process
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : The Editorial Board, Portland Press Herald
Adoption Year : 2016
Tasked with finding a fair way to expand the state’s solar energy portfolio, representatives of interests that did not agree on much hammered out a compromise plan that would expand capacity while sharing the benefits among all ratepayers. Their ideas were drafted into a bill, and it passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support.
19 Oct
Study Shows Solar Saves Money for All Ratepayers in Maine by Reducing Peak Demand
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
Author : Natural Resources Council of Maine
Adoption Year : 2016
An updated analysis of the “value of solar” power in Maine shows that solar installations within the state cut electricity prices for everyone in Maine who pays an electric bill, by reducing peak demand on the grid and power plants. Consumer demand for electricity peaks on hot, sunny summer afternoons, when use of air conditioning goes way up. This is when solar panels are producing power directly for homes and businesses, thereby reducing the demand for electricity from the grid.
18 Oct
So Close, So Far: Can Maine Put Its Near Agreement On Solar Net Metering Back Together Again?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This news article discusses Maine's Net Metering ("NEM") and its proposed review.
12 Sep
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives
Monday, September 12, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Connecticut    Florida    Georgia    Illinois    Louisiana    Maine    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    North Carolina    
Author : Consumer Energy Alliance, Report prepared by: Borlick Associates, LLC
Adoption Year : 2016
From the Executive Summary: To stimulate renewable energy development, governments at the local, state and federal level have provided a myriad of incentives for residential electricity customers who install solar panels on their roofs, some of which overlap. The combined effect of these incentives is quite substantial – particularly in light of the dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels that has recently occurred. This report aims to inform policymakers by quantifying the total incentives as a percentage of the installed cost of a ty
12 Sep
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives
Monday, September 12, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Connecticut    Florida    Georgia    Illinois    Louisiana    Maine    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    North Carolina    
Author : Consumer Energy Alliance, Report prepared by: Borlick Associates, LLC
Adoption Year : 2016
From the Executive Summary: To stimulate renewable energy development, governments at the local, state and federal level have provided a myriad of incentives for residential electricity customers who install solar panels on their roofs, some of which overlap. The combined effect of these incentives is quite substantial – particularly in light of the dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels that has recently occurred. This report aims to inform policymakers by quantifying the total incentives as a percentage of the installed cost of a ty
21 Jul
Maine Voices: Solar energy bill extinguished by lobbying based on false, misleading information
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : Sam Zuckerman
Adoption Year : 2016
Behind closed doors and in debate, Republican Minority Leader Ken Fredette let the attack on the most significant solar energy measure Maine has ever seen.
08 May
Resolve, To Create Sustainable Growth in Maine's Distributed Energy Sector That Uses Market Forces To Fairly Compensate Energy Producers
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Legislature
Adoption Year : 2015
The Resolve states that the Legislature finds that net energy billing is a simple mechanism that has supported the development of distributed generation in Maine, but may not provide a suitable long-term foundation for distributed generation. The Resolve directed the Commission to convene a stakeholder group to examine options for distributed solar policy in Maine going forward.
08 May
Report to the Legislature Regarding Market-Based Solar Policy Design Stakeholder Process Pursuant to Resolves 2015, ch. 37
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Public Utilities Commission
Adoption Year : 2016
Report reflecting the information gathered on solar promotion policy and an alternative to the current net metering billing system. It contains a description of the stakeholder process and a discussion of areas in which, in the Commission's view, there was substantial agreement and areas in which there was disagreement
05 May
An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Maine    
Author : 126th Maine Legislature
Adoption Year : 2014
This bill creates the Maine Solar Energy Act, which: 1. States specific legislative findings that it is in the public interest to encourage development of solar energy production in the State. This includes finding that solar energy development makes a significant contribution to the general welfare of the citizens of the State and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; 2. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to take specific measures regarding solar energy, including monitoring development and market trends and determining the value of
05 May
A Ratepayer Focused Strategy for Distributed Solar in Maine
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Strategen Consulting
Adoption Year : 2015
This white paper offers a framework for sustainable growth in Maine’s distributed solar energy sector that maximizes and fairly allocates benefits for all ratepayers. This approach builds on the Public Utilities Commission’s recent “value of solar” study as well as lessons learned from other states. The policy proposed is specifically tailored to the state of Maine and offers innovative program design features intended to capitalize on the latest technological advances in the solar industry. While designed to present a coherent and holistic pol
03 May
What is Solar Power Really Worth to Maine?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    Maine    
Author : David Labrador
Adoption Year : 2015
A look inside the state PUC’s value-of-solar study. A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed sola
03 May
What is Solar Power Really Worth to Maine?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    Maine    
Author : David Labrador
Adoption Year : 2015
A look inside the state PUC’s value-of-solar study. A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed sola
03 May
Maine lawmakers propose groundbreaking way out of net metering wars
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2015
Legislators want a 'Standard Buyer' to acquire distributed generation and value it properly. The Maine Office of the Public Advocate and an influential state legislator led a joint committee of the Legislature to unanimous approval of a proposal that will offer solar developers at every market level an opportunity to opt out of net energy metering (NEM). Instead of retail rate NEM, they will have the choice of a new plan that allows them to capture more value for their solar.
13 Apr
What is Solar Power Worth?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : News Staff, govtech.com
Adoption Year : 2015
Summary of Maine's Public Utilities Commission's report that valued distributed solar power at $0.33 per kWh, while the cost of centrally generated power goes for only $0.13 per kWh. The article discusses what factors go into the value of solar and the different policy options that the Maine Legislature can consider using the information in the study.
13 Apr
Is solar worth $0.33 per kWh? Inside Maine's valuation debate
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
Commentary about Maine's study that found that solar's real and whole value may be over $0.33 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
13 Apr
Is solar worth $0.33 per kWh? Inside Maine's valuation debate
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
Commentary about Maine's study that found that solar's real and whole value may be over $0.33 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
08 Apr
Community solar farms can work for neighborhoods
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Rob Ellis
Adoption Year : 2015
Article about the benefits that solar could bring to Maine. In particular, the article focuses on the benefits of community solar farms.
08 Apr
Maine Value of Solar Study
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Maine    
Author : Maine Public Utilities Commission
Adoption Year : 2015
During its 2014 session, the Maine Legislature enacted an Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine. P.L Chapter 562 (April 24, 2014) (codified at 35-A M.R.S. §§ 3471-3473) (“Act”). Section 2 of the Act required the Public Utilities Commission (Commission) to determine the value of distributed solar energy generation in the State, evaluate implementation options, and to deliver a report to the Legislature. For the project, the Commission developed the value of solar methodology through a mediated stakeholder review process, conducted