HALLOWELL — Around two dozen solar power proponents rallied outside the Maine Public Utility Commission office Wednesday to protest proposed electricity rate changes they say will discourage individuals from investing in renewable energy sources.
Most rally attendees donned yellow “Solar for ME” t-shirts handed out by members of out-of-state advocacy groups before filing into the building for the public hearing on the proposed changes.
Advocates and users of renewable energy — from homeowners with solar panels to larger institutions such as private colleges and the Brunswick Landing business park — have objected to a portion of Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed new rate plan that would levy a charge for customers who generate their own power.
CMP also is trying to raise the fixed monthly fees it charges residential and small business customers, while lowering the variable price charged for electricity.
Story by Paul Koenig for the Kennebec Journal. More at: http://www.kjonline.com/news/Solar_power_advocates_rally_against_Central_Maine_Power_s_rate_proposal_.html