Sen. Vitelli celebrates largest procurement of renewable energy in Maine’s history

Posted: September 23, 2020 | Senator Vitelli

Procurement prompted by Vitelli bill LD 1494, which updated Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

AUGUSTA — Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, is lauding a Public Utilities Commission announcement of the largest procurement of renewable energy in Maine’s history. The PUC approved 17 renewable energy projects Tuesday for long-term contracts, as required LD 1494, “An Act To Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard,” which was sponsored by Sen. Vitelli and signed into law last year.

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“This is incredible news for Maine’s natural resources, our economy and our future,” said Sen. Vitelli. “I’m proud that the law I sponsored is so quickly producing the results Maine needs to increase our energy independence. I want to note that this law was made possible thanks to incredible cooperation from environmental advocates and industry leaders. There’s always more to do to ensure a sustainable future for our state, but it’s important to recognize and celebrate such an important step forward.”

The PUC selected projects through a competitive process and evaluated projects based on the expected value they will provide to Maine consumers and the state’s economy. The projects receiving an award in this decision represent solar, wind, hydro-electric and biomass projects, all of which would be located in Maine, including one in Sagadahoc County.

LD 1494 sets the goal of reaching 80 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The projects approved by the PUC represent the first major step toward reaching those renewable energy goals. The projects are expected to create 450 jobs during construction and 30 jobs during each year of operation.