LD 1676 (subjects: PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION , POWERS )
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|3/24/2016||Senate||Reported by Senator WOODSOME of York for the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 668.
Report READ and ACCEPTED.
REFERRED to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
|3/24/2016||House||Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
|4/15/2016||Senate||Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York Report A Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) Report ACCEPTED
Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) READ
On motion by Same Senator Senate Amendment “B” (S-539) to Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) READ and ADOPTED
Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) As Amended By Senate Amendment “B” (S-539) thereto ADOPTED
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) As Amended By Senate Amendment “B” (S-539) thereto
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 690 Yeas 25 – Nays 9 – Excused 1 – Absent 0 PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
Representative DION of Portland moved to ACCEPT REPORT A Ought to Pass as Amended.
Representative FREDETTE of Newport REQUESTED a Roll Call. More than one-fifth of the members present expressed a desire for a roll call, which was ORDERED.
Subsequently, Representative FREDETTE of Newport, WITHDREW his REQUEST for a Roll Call.
Subsequently, REPORT A Ought to Pass as Amended was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) was READ.
Senate Amendment “B” (S-539) to Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) was READ and ADOPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 640
(Yeas 104 – Nays 40 – Absent 7 – Excused 0)
Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) as Amended by Senate Amendment “B” (S-539) thereto was ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-517) as Amended by Senate Amendment “B” (S-539) thereto.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|4/15/2016||House||This being an emergency measure, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House was necessary.
PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|4/15/2016||Senate||PASSED TO BE ENACTED – Emergency -2/3 Elected Required in concurrence|
An Act To Establish a Process for Procurement of Renewable Resources
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA 3218 is enacted to read:
3218. Renewable resource; competitive solicitation
(1) A renewable capacity resource; or
(2) A source of electrical generation that was eligible in calendar year 2015 for electric renewable portfolio requirements in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as determined by the commission.
A contract negotiated under this subsection must provide that the energy may be delivered into the ISO-NE region, as defined in section 1902, subsection 3, or in the NMISA region, either on a physical or financial basis.
This bill is reported out by the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology pursuant to Joint Order 2016, Senate Paper 668. This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to conduct competitive solicitations and negotiate the procurement of new or existing renewable resources. The commission is directed to procure by September 1, 2016, through an expedited proceeding, 80 megawatts of new or existing renewable resources for contracts of 5 years and, by September 1, 2017, 60 megawatts of new or existing renewable resources for contracts of no longer than 10 years. This bill provides that any facility that generates new or existing renewable resources that are procured by the commission is deemed to produce zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The committee has not taken a position on the substance of this bill. By reporting this bill out, the committee is not suggesting and does not intend to suggest that it agrees or disagrees with any aspect of this bill. The committee is reporting the bill out for the sole purpose of having a bill printed that can be referred to the committee for an appropriate public hearing and subsequent processing in the normal course. The committee is taking this action to ensure clarity and transparency in the legislative review of the proposals contained in the bill.
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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.
In The News…
Recent news stories featuring LD 1676:
- Portland Press Herald: Lawmakers oppose Maine biomass bailout, but leave an opening
- Portland Press Herald: Legislators approve $13.4 million bailout of Maine biomass industry
- Kennebec Journal: Legislators approve $13.4 million public bailout of biomass industry
- Kennebec Journal: Maine biomass bailout would tap $13.4 million in public funds
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