Maine Senate Votes to Protect Solar Energy

Bill would strike down unpopular rule that hurts solar industry growth

Good solar policy is important for the success of clean energy.

March 1, 2018 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the Maine Senate’s vote of support for a bill designed to support the growth of solar power across the state. The bill, LD 1444, would overturn the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) rule that charges solar panel owners for energy that never enters the electricity grid, and would expand opportunities for community solar.

“The Senate stood up for Mainers today by supporting our right to affordable, clean energy,” said CLF attorney Emily Green. “The PUC has tried to gut solar energy across our state by charging families and businesses for the energy they generate and use at home. Today, the Maine Senate stepped away from those bad policies, moving instead towards policy that creates jobs, lowers our energy bills, and makes local clean energy available to everyone.”

A copy of the bill can be found here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.