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A bill in Augusta aims to stop electric companies from charging for usage of your own solar-generated power

AUGUSTA - A bill to stop electric companies from charging you for using your own solar-generated power is making its way through the legislature against this year.

Last year the Public Utilities Commission gave the okay to Central Maine Power Company to do just that, charge people for using their own solar power.

 

A move to halt that action was vetoed by Governor Paul LePage.

 

The legislature was a few votes shy in an effort to overturn that veto

 

Dylan Voorhies, Natural Resources Council of Maine, said "But this bill at the same time is also not about solar. It's about customers having the right to produce and use their own power without having to pay the utility for power that never even gets to the utility's grid."

 

Advocates of repealing the rule charging people to use their own power say no other state has initiated any similar rules.