Last Update: 2017-12-5
Hallowell, ME – The Maine Public Utilities Commission today ordered a 4 month delay before implementing its new, highly controversial Net Metering Rules. This gives homeowners, towns, and businesses who want to go solar in Maine until May 1, 2018 to get grandfathered in under current retail net metering rates.
The Commission made the only sensible decision it could. The new rules have become a bureaucratic nightmare, as ReVision has consistently warned they would. Even the utilities don’t know how to make it work.
The extra time also gives the Maine courts a chance to weigh in. ReVision Energy has challenged the Rule in Maine Supreme Court and arguments in the case will be heard on Dec 13, 2017. We’re also going to keep the pressure on the Maine legislature, who in our view need to step in and do their job and overturn this unworkable rule entirely.
The decision today was a result of the continued efforts of ReVision Energy and our coalition of solar allies who have been both fighting unfounded attacks on solar, while also advocating energy policy reform to promote a cleaner, more efficient, and more consumer-focused grid.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in this campaign by lending your personal stories, writing letters to the editor, showing up at PUC and legislative rallies, and talking to your friends, neighbors, and elected officials. While we’re encouraged by the decision today, much work must yet be done to create the cleaner grid of the future we all believe can and must be built.
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THANK YOU to all of our supporters who have written letters to the editor, met with their state and local reps, attended town meetings, spoken to solar skeptics, etc. over the last couple of years. The ongoing outpouring of grassroots support is the foundation on which the solar coalition has stood and why our industry continues to thrive despite continued policy challenges. This work must continue, and with stronger pressure than ever before.
We continue to advocate for a thoughtful, long term energy policy that evolves beyond the monopoly utility paradigm towards a market based approach which integrates a variety of distributed energy resources (like solar, EV charging, energy storage, and other advanced technologies) into a dynamic, bidirectional smart grid.
The grid we imagine will be cleaner, greener, cheaper and more resilient than the 20th century monopoly utility model and provide a vital boost to Maine’s rural economy by leveraging the incredibly abundant natural local resources of wind, water, and sun. We hope you’ll join us in continuing to advocate for this powerful energy future for Maine’s economy.