On June 26th, Governor Janet Mills signed new legislation to broaden customer access to net metering (known in Maine as net energy billing, or NEB) and to promote distributed energy generation, including through competitive procurements for long-term contracts with the state’s transmission and distribution (T&D) utilities. The “Act to Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine” (the Act) includes the following key provisions:
Big Changes to Maine’s Net Energy Billing Program
The Act makes substantial additions to Maine’s NEB statute, 35-A M.R.S. § 3209-A.
Competitive Procurements for Long-Term Distributed Generation Contracts
Long-Term Contracts for Winning Bidders
Additional Measures to Encourage Distributed Generation
In addition to the procurement requirement summarized above, the Act requires additional actions from the Commission and T&D utilities, including:
The Act is a wide-ranging effort to expand the buildout of solar generation within the state. Solar customers and developers will welcome the expansion of NEB and the new opportunity to compete for long-term contracts.