Last week, a diverse group of Maine businesses and organizations, including Maine Audubon, petitioned the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), requesting they not make any changes to net metering. Net metering is the simple, effective mechanism used here in Maine — and most other states — to give solar customers credit on their electricity bills for power they provide to the grid.
Because the Legislature failed to override Governor LePage’s veto of the solar bill, the LePage-appointed PUC is now set to review and consider changes to net metering. To treat solar customers fairly, save ratepayers money, maintain customer choice and protect hundreds of existing jobs, we are urging the PUC not to make changes to net metering rules. Making changes to net metering would disrupt the efforts of groups who want to work together on a solar bill that can pass during the next legislative session.
I also want to personally invite you to one of the upcoming educational forums that Maine Audubon is co-sponsoring called “The Future of Solar in Maine: A Conversation with Maine Leaders about Solar Policy.” For more information and to register, click on the links below.
Join us at an upcoming Future of Solar in Maine forum:
- Waterville solar forum: Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Colby College
- Bangor solar forum: Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Eastern Maine Community College
- Rockport solar forum: Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House
There is a lot of evidence showing that net metering is beneficial for solar customers and other ratepayers alike. Please consider adding your name to the growing list of Maine people, businesses and organizations who are requesting the PUC not make any changes to net metering.
Jenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
(207) 781-2330 x224
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