Maine LD 273: An Act To Encourage and Enhance the Future of Waste-to-energy Facilities by Establishing a Portfolio Requirement for Electricity from Waste Energy Resources

LD 273 (subjects: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY , RENEWABLE RESOURCES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=273&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Richard Campbell of Orrington: (R – District 130) — e-mail | Facebook

7 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/5/2015 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.
2/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin REFERRED to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, in concurrence.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. in concurrence
6/30/2015 House Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. , in concurrence.
7/21/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992.
2/23/2016 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative DION of Portland TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of Either Report.

Later today assigned.
2/23/2016 House Unfinished Business
2/25/2016 House Speaker laid before the House
Representative DION of Portland moved to ACCEPT the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report.
On motion of Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield the Bill and accompanying papers were INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.
ROLL CALL NO. 478
(Yeas 73 – Nays 69 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/1/2016 Senate Reports READ
Motion by Senator WOODSOME of York Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
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4/4/2016 Senate Unfinished Business
4/5/2016 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Senator WOODSOME of York moved to ACCEPT the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.

On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending Motion by Senator WOODSOME of York to ACCEPT the Minority Ought to Pass As Amended Report
Unfinished Business
4/5/2016 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
Subsequently, The Minority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED In NON-CONCURRENCE
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 591 Yeas 20 – Nays 15 – Excused 0 – Absent 0 PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-519) READ
On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York Senate Amendment “A” (S-376) to Committee Amendment “A” (H-519) READ and ADOPTED
Committee Amendment “A” (H-519) As Amended By Senate Amendment “A” (S-376) thereto 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-519) As Amended By Senate Amendment “A” (S-376) thereto In NON-CONCURRENCE
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
4/7/2016 House On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, TABLED pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Later today assigned.
4/7/2016 House Unfinished Business
4/8/2016 House Speaker laid before the House
Motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan to RECEDE and CONCUR FAILED.
ROLL CALL NO. 574
(Yeas 71 – Nays 74 – Absent 6 – Excused 0)
Subsequently, on motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, the House INSISTED on INDEFINITELY POSTPONING the Bill and accompanying papers.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/11/2016 Senate On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York The Senate RECEDED and CONCURRED With INDEFINITE POSTPONEMENT of Bill and accompanying papers in concurrence
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 635 Yeas 20 – Nays 15 – Excused 0 – Absent 0 PREVAILED
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Encourage and Enhance the Future of Waste-to-energy Facilities by Establishing a Portfolio Requirement for Electricity from Waste Energy Resources

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;

(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

(g) Waste energy resources; or

(2) That relies on wind power installations.

Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA 3210, sub- 2, D is enacted to read:

D. “Waste energy resource” means a pyrolytic or other waste system that is a source of electrical generation and:

(1) That is fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling;

(2) Whose total power production capacity does not exceed 35 megawatts;

(3) That is licensed to comply with the air emission requirement levels for resource recovery facilities established pursuant to Title 38, section 585, including, but not limited to, standards for mercury established pursuant to Title 38, section 585-B, subsection 5;

(4) That complies with all applicable licensing requirements for solid waste facilities as established pursuant to Title 38, section 1310-N; and

(5) Whose residuals are transported to a landfill that is licensed to meet at least the performance standards and siting criteria established by rules adopted pursuant to Title 38, section 1304, including, but not limited to, standards prohibiting contamination of groundwater outside the solid waste boundary of landfills.

Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA 3210, sub- 3-B is enacted to read:

3-B. Portfolio requirements; waste energy resources. Portfolio requirements for waste energy resources are governed by this subsection.

A. Beginning July 1, 2016, as a condition of licensing pursuant to section 3203, a competitive electricity provider in this State must demonstrate in a manner satisfactory to the commission that no less than 3.5% of its portfolio of supply sources for retail electricity sales in this State is accounted for by waste energy resources. Waste energy resources used to satisfy the requirements of this paragraph may not be used to satisfy the requirements of subsection 3.
B. Retail electricity sales pursuant to a supply contract or standard-offer service arrangement executed by a competitive electricity provider that is in effect on the effective date of this subsection are exempt from the requirements of this subsection until the end date of the current term of the supply contract or standard-offer service arrangement.

The commission shall adopt rules to implement this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. 4. 35-A MRSA 3210, sub- 8, as amended by PL 2009, c. 329, Pt. A, 2, is further amended to read:

8. Credit trading. The commission shall allow competitive electricity providers to satisfy the portfolio requirements of subsections 3 and , 3-A and 3-B through the use of renewable energy credits if the commission determines that a reliable system of electrical attribute trading exists. When renewable energy credits are used to satisfy the portfolio requirements of subsections 3 and , 3-A and 3-B, the value of a renewable energy credit for electricity generated by a community-based renewable energy project, as defined in section 3602, that is participating in the community-based renewable energy pilot program established in section 3603 and elects the renewable energy credit multiplier under section 3605 is 150% of the amount of the electricity.

Sec. 5. 35-A MRSA 3210, sub- 10 is enacted to read:

10. Alternative compliance payment; portfolio requirements for waste energy resources. The commission shall allow competitive electricity providers to satisfy the portfolio requirements for waste energy resources under subsection 3-B through an alternative compliance payment mechanism in accordance with this subsection.

A. The commission shall set the alternative compliance payment rate by rule and shall publish the alternative compliance payment rate by January 31st of each year. In setting the rate, the commission shall take into account prevailing market prices, standard-offer service prices for electricity and reliance on alternative compliance payments to meet the requirements of subsection 3-B.
B. The commission shall collect alternative compliance payments made by competitive electricity providers and shall deposit all funds collected under this paragraph in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resource Fund established under section 10121, subsection 2 to be used to fund research, development and demonstration projects relating to renewable energy technologies and to fund rebates for cost-effective renewable energy technologies.

The commission shall adopt rules to implement this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

SUMMARY

Current law establishes as a policy of the State the encouragement of the generation of electricity from renewable and efficient resources by requiring that each competitive electricity provider in this State demonstrate that no less than 30% of its portfolio of supply sources for retail electricity sales in this State is accounted for by eligible resources. This bill implements that policy by stimulating demand for electricity from generators fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling.

This bill amends the law in the following ways.

1. It amends the definition of “renewable capacity resource” to add waste energy resources.

2. It defines “waste energy resource” as a source of electrical generation that is fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling and whose total power capacity does not exceed 35 megawatts. In addition, the waste energy resource would have to meet Maine’s air emissions standards for resource recovery facilities and licensing standards for solid waste facilities and ensure that residuals from the waste energy resource are disposed of at a landfill meeting Maine’s licensing standards.

3. It establishes a 3.5% portfolio requirement for electricity from waste energy resources.

4. It allows competitive electricity providers to meet the portfolio requirements for waste energy resources through the use of renewable energy credits or an alternative compliance payment to be set by the Public Utilities Commission.

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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.


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