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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resource Fund

Date Last Updated2/25/2014
Policy TypePublic Benefits Fund
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeEfficiency Maine
Policy Initiation Date5/1/1997
Policy SummaryMaine's public benefits fund for renewable energy was established as part of the state's electric-industry restructuring legislation, enacted in May 1997. The law directed the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to develop a voluntary program allowing customers to contribute to a fund that supports renewable-energy projects. This fund was originally known as the Renewable Resource Fund (now it is part of Efficiency Maine Trust).

The PUC adopted rules requiring the state's utilities to offer customers the option of supporting the fund by checking off a contribution of $1, $5, $10 or other amount each month on their electric bill. Every six months, each utility must notify its customers of the existence and purpose of the fund, the means to contribute to the fund, and summaries of projects that have been supported by the fund. The Trust estimates that revenues deposited into the fund will be approximately $100,000 annually during the 2014-2016 period.

The fund supports grants for energy efficiency, renewable-energy demonstration, and research and development projects to Maine-based nonprofits, consumer-owned electric transmission and distribution utilities, community-based nonprofit organizations, community action programs, municipalities, quasi-municipal corporations or districts, and school administrative units. The first funding solicitation was issued in 2003. As of June 2011 (HB 568), the fund is also authorized to support the solar and wind rebate program.

See the Efficiency Maine Reports for additional information on the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resource Fund.

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 exit EPA

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