On May 11, 2010 Maine Governor John E. Baldacci ceremonially signed five bills aimed at achieving the state’s goals for clean energy development and energy independence. The five pieces of energy legislation include the following:
- LD 1786, “An Act Regarding Energy Infrastructure Development,” calls for the use of designated energy corridors if the corridor’s use is likely to reduce electric rates and benefit the long-term public interest of the State, including the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Revenues from the use of state-owned lands or assets are directed to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy generation.
- LD 1535, “An Act to Create a Smart Grid Policy in the State,” establishes a state policy on smart grid infrastructure as a means to improve power reliability and the overall efficiency of the power resource and delivery system while reducing energy consumption, GHGs and costs to consumers.
- LD 1717, “An Act to Increase the Affordability of Clean Energy for Homeowners and Businesses,” authorizes municipalities to implement property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs through a local ordinance that provides financing to property owners for clean energy improvements. Municipalities will be able to use federal grants or any other funds available for the purpose of funding PACE programs.
- LD 1504, “An Act to Provide Predictable Benefits to Maine Communities that Host Wind Energy Developments,” clarifies that as the State aggressively pursues wind power, ratepayers in host communities will receive a minimum level of benefits through a community benefits package. The community benefits package is evaluated as a part of the permit application submitted by wind energy developers.
- LD 1810, “An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Governor’s Ocean Energy Task Force,” advances the development of Maine’s renewable ocean energy resource by establishing a state goal of five gigawatts of electricity generation from facilities located in coastal waters by 2030.