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Efficiency Maine Trust

Date Last Updated6/11/2013
Policy TypePublic Benefits Fund
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeEfficiency Maine
Policy Initiation Date10/1/1999
Policy SummaryThe PUC assesses utilities to collect funds for energy programs and administrative costs. The fixed amount of the assessment is $0.00145/kWh. In recent years the assessment has generated revenues for this fund of between $13 million and $14 million per year. There is also a natural gas system benefit charge which generated nearly $900 thousand in 2013.

There is no expiration date for the fund. In general, Efficiency Maine supports improvements in lighting efficiency, reductions in peak demand, high-performance buildings, appliance replacements for low-income residents, energy training and certification, and public education. In addition, Efficiency Maine Trust manages money from the Regional Green House Gas Initiative, the forward capacity market, settlements, alternative compliance mechanism revenue, and grants, such as those received from the Federal government's American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In FY2013, the fund collected approximately $41 million from all sources.

In addition, Public Law 655 (2010) mandates that state revenue generated from energy corridor development on state-owned land would be deposited to the Efficiency Maine Trust (80%) and a new Transportation Efficiency Fund (20%).

Although it does not appear that Efficiency Maine funds distributed generation projects, funding for CHP projects provided by these resources would be found under related dCHPP incentive types (e.g., loan, grant, or rebate).
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
Resource Website(s) http://www.efficiencymaine.com/about/library/reports/#em exit EPA

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