[NEWS] Maine Lawmakers Put Biomass On Hold
– by Mike Clifford, June 12, 2017, Public News Service
Faced with key decisions on the best way to proceed on energy sources for Maine, state legislators have put off a bill to promote biomass, and moved forward on a measure to support solar power.
Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said the measure approved Friday increases the number of participants in solar farms, including consumers, from 10 to 200. At the same time, Voorhees said the bill shortcuts actions that would roll back net metering as a revenue source for Mainers who install renewable energy.
“[It] stops the Public Utilities Commission from going forward with a very extreme proposal to weaken net metering in the state,” Voorhees said, “which is important for people to be able to affordably invest in solar in their homes or business.”
The Joint Energy and Utilities Committee voted 8-5 to move the solar bill forward. Gov. LePage opposed it; he supports the biomass bill that was put on hold.