Maine LD 132: An Act To Remove the 100-megawatt Limit on Hydropower under the Renewable Resources Laws

LD 132 (subjects: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY , HYDROPOWER )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=132&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Beth O’Connor of Berwick: (R – District 5) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/22/2015 House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
1/29/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Woodsome of York, REFERRED to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, in concurrence.
6/3/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative DION of Portland, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 150
(Yeas 79 – Nays 63 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/4/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York the Minority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-270) Report ACCEPTED , in non-concurrence.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 144 18 Yeas – 17 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-270) READ and ADOPTED , in non-concurrence.
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (H-270) , in non-concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/5/2015 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/8/2015 Senate On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York, the Senate Insisted to acceptance of the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-270) , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Remove the 100-megawatt Limit on Hydropower under the Renewable Resources Laws

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA 3210, sub- 2, B-3, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 542, 3, is amended to read:

B-3. “Renewable capacity resource” means a source of electrical generation:

(1) Whose total power production capacity does not exceed 100 megawatts and relies on one or more of the following:

(a) Fuel cells;

(b) Tidal power;

(c) Solar arrays and installations;

(d) Geothermal installations; or

(e) Hydroelectric generators that meet all state and federal fish passage requirements applicable to the generator; or

(f) Biomass generators that are fueled by wood or wood waste, landfill gas or anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, by-products or wastes; or

(2) That relies on wind power installations . ; or

(3) That relies on hydroelectric generators that meet all state and federal fish passage requirements applicable to the generators.

Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA 3210, sub- 2, C, as amended by PL 2009, c. 542, 5, is further amended to read:

C. “Renewable resource” means a source of electrical generation:

(1) That qualifies as a small power production facility under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules, 18 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 292, Subpart B, as in effect on January 1, 1997; or

(2) Whose total power production capacity does not exceed 100 megawatts and that relies on one or more of the following:

(a) Fuel cells;

(b) Tidal power;

(c) Solar arrays and installations;

(d) Wind power installations;

(e) Geothermal installations;

(f) Hydroelectric generators;

(g) Biomass generators that are fueled by wood or wood waste, landfill gas or anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, by-products or wastes; or

(h) Generators fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling . ; or

(3) That relies on hydroelectric generators.

summary

This bill removes the 100-megawatt maximum capacity limit for a hydroelectric generator that meets all state and federal fish passage requirements applicable to generators to qualify as a renewable capacity resource and for a hydroelectric generator to qualify as a renewable resource for the purpose of meeting the State’s renewable resource portfolio requirement.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 132 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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