Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:54

PUC solar rule one step closer to removal Featured

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AUGUSTA - A legislative effort to override a Public Utilities Commission rule is one step closer to reality.

A bill that denies utilities the opportunity to charge people for the energy they generate themselves was passed by a wide margin in the House of Representatives Tuesday morning.


Representative Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, said, "Obviously it violates the basic principles of our current electricity system. It's as if the grocery store could charge you for the tomatoes you grow at home. It's just crazy."


The bill would also lift the cap on the number of people who can take part in community solar projects. The current cap is 10 people and the proposed increase would move it to 50.


The bill goes to both the Senate and House for final enactment before heading to the governor's desk for his signature or veto.