March 31, 2018 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to Governor LePage’s veto of a bill that would promote the growth of solar power in the state. The bill, which had already passed the House and Senate, would overturn parts of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rule that charges solar panel owners for the energy they produce and use at home, and would expand opportunities for community solar. The bill will now go back to the Maine legislature, which will vote on whether to override the Governor’s veto. You can find a copy of the bill here.
“Strong solar policy helps create jobs, protects our environment, and lowers energy bills. By vetoing the solar bill, the Governor is taking money out of the wallets of hardworking Mainers and threatening our energy independence,” said Emily Green, CLF Staff Attorney. “Our legislators must stand by the people they serve, and shut down the Governor’s irrational attempt to sabotage Maine’s clean energy future.”
CLF is also awaiting a decision from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, where CLF is fighting the PUC’s rule.
CLF experts are available for further comment.