Combined Heat and Power Partnership
Efficiency Maine Trust
|Date Last Updated||6/11/2013|
|Policy Type||Public Benefits Fund|
|Policy Administrator/Contact Office||Efficiency Maine|
|Policy Initiation Date||10/1/1999|
|Policy Summary||The 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 Requirements||Does Not Specify|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||Does Not Specify|
|Minimum Efficiency Required/|
Other Performance Requirements
|Does Not Specify|