Sen. Miramant bill would expand renewable energy generation

Posted: February 10, 2019 | Energy, Utilities and Technology, Senator Miramant

AUGUSTA — A bill submitted by Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, would expand renewable energy generation. The bill – LD 273, “An Act To Require Transmission and Distribution Utilities To Purchase Electricity from Renewable Resources at Certain Prices” – received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology on Tuesday.

Although climate change is harming Maine communities and is caused by greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, people who have solar panels and wind turbines at their homes have not been able to sell excess energy they produce. Sen. Miramant’s bill allows people to sell excess energy at half the price of energy from fossil fuels.

The bill not only encourages people to produce more renewable energy, but also incentivizes renewables over fossil fuels.

“The rapid rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans is causing problems for the residents and resources of Maine,” said Sen. Miramant. “We need to encourage an increase in clean, renewable energy generation, and this bill seeks to do just that.”

LD 273 faces further action in the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee as well as votes in the Maine House and Senate.