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Electricity Supply Prices Set for Standard Offer Service in Central Maine Power Territory

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:03:25 EST

Hallowell, Maine - In competitive solicitations concluded today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission ("Commission") accepted bids and set new prices for standard offer electricity supply for customers of Central Maine Power (CMP) who receive standard offer supply service. The new prices are effective for a twelve-month term beginning January 1, 2017.

For CMP residential and small business customers who receive standard offer supply service, the accepted bids result in a new standard offer price of 6.69 cents/kWh, which is a 3.5% increase compared to prices last year. For CMP medium business customers, the new prices differ by month, equating to about 6.83 cents/kWh on average over the year, varying from 4.78 cents/kWh in May to 8.94 cents/kWh in February. These medium class prices are about 1.3% lower than prices last year. Prices for large business customers will be indexed to market prices and set in advance of each month, as was done last year for large business standard offer service.

These new prices apply only to standard offer supply service, which reflects about 45% of the sales in CMP's service area. The prices do not apply to customers that purchase their own electricity supply in the market. "The standard offer prices set today reflect the best bids received in a very competitive auction process," according to Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy. "We are pleased that some business customers will see a small decrease in their supply prices. On the other hand, the bids received for residential and small business customers result in a slight increase," said Vannoy.

The names of the suppliers selected will be released in two weeks, allowing time for power supply arrangements to be finalized.

Background: Electricity customers in Maine receive standard offer service if they have not purchased supply from another retail supplier or through an aggregator. Currently, standard offer service represents about 45% of the supply used by CMP customers. Maine law requires the Commission to ensure that standard offer service for electricity supply is available to all customers in Maine. The Commission arranges for standard offer service through periodic competitive bid processes.

For more information on standard offer service prices: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/standard_offer_rates/index.html

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Electricity Supply Prices Set for Standard Offer Service in Emera Maine - Bangor Hydro District

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:07:35 EST

Hallowell, Maine - In a competitive solicitation concluded today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission ("Commission") accepted bids and set new prices for standard offer electricity supply for customers of Emera Maine - Bangor Hydro District (Emera Maine) who receive standard offer supply service. The new prices are effective for a twelve-month term beginning January 1, 2017.

For Emera Maine residential and small business customers who receive standard offer supply service, the accepted bids result in new standard offer prices equating to 6.322 cents/kWh on an annual average basis, which is a 4.6% decrease compared to the annual average supply price during 2016. For Emera Maine medium business customers, the new prices differ by month, equating to 6.701 cents/kWh on an annual average basis, varying from 4.724 cents/kWh in May 2017 to 8.763 cents/kWh in February 2017. These medium class prices are about 0.6% lower than prices during the same twelve-month period last year. Prices for large business customers will be indexed to market prices and set in advance of each month, as was done last year for large business standard offer service.

These new prices apply only to standard offer service, which reflects about 55%-60% of the sales in Emera Maine's service area. The prices do not apply to customers that purchase their own electricity supply in the market.

"The standard offer prices set this week reflect the best bids received in a strongly competitive auction process," according to Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy. "We are encouraged that power supply prices are decreasing for both residential and small business customers." Vannoy noted that standard offer prices for Central Maine Power customers will be set tomorrow.

The names of the suppliers selected for Emera Maine will be released in two weeks, allowing time for power supply arrangements to be finalized.

Background: Electricity customers in Maine receive standard offer service if they have not purchased supply from another retail supplier or through an aggregator. Currently, standard offer service represents about 60% of the supply used by Emera Maine customers. Maine law requires the Commission to ensure that standard offer service for electricity supply is available to all customers in Maine. The Commission arranges for standard offer service through periodic competitive bid processes. For more information on standard offer service prices: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/standard_offer_rates/index.html

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Maine Chairman Discusses Infrastructure Challenges as Part of National Panel

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:02:28 EST

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) announced today that Chairman Mark Vannoy recently participated as part of a nationally-recognized panel representing the state commission perspective on infrastructure challenges facing the nation.

In an opening session of the gas committee at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC's) 128th Annual Meeting on November 14, former FERC Commissioner Tony Clark and Maine's Chairman Mark Vannoy along with developers and financial sector representatives discussed the country's energy infrastructure challenges. Clark noted that at the same time gas pipeline and electric transmission infrastructure needs remain critical, the regulatory approval process has increased in uncertainty. Vannoy discussed the challenges facing both Maine and New England citing significant seasonal constraints which have led to major impacts to both residential consumers and businesses in the region. The NARUC annual meeting had strong attendance including regulators, industry, NGO's and others.

In March 2016, NARUC President Kavulla appointed Chairman Mark Vannoy to NARUC's Board of Directors. Vannoy's board term will end October 31, 2018. "Chairman Vannoy is a well-respected leader whose knowledge and breadth of experience make him an excellent addition to the NARUC Board," said President Kavulla. Vannoy serves on NARUC's Committee for Critical Infrastructure, and the Committee on Water.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Request for Proposals for Physical Energy Storage Contracts for Liquefied Natural Gas Storage - Deadline Extended

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:22:30 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) has extended the deadline for responses to its Request for Proposals for Physical Energy Storage Contracts for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage to November 4, 2016. The Request for Proposals was issued on September 14, 2016 and is available on the Commission's website at: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/natural_gas/lngstoragecontract/. The previous deadline was October 14, 2016.

The Request for Proposals was issued in accordance with "An Act to Allow the Public Utilities Commission to Contract for Liquefied Natural Gas Storage and Distribution," which can be found at the following: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0600&item=3&snum=127. The Act establishes the authority for the Commission to execute or direct one or more of Maine's transmission and distribution utilities, gas utilities, or natural gas pipeline utilities to execute a Physical Energy Storage Contract (PESC) provided that certain requirements are met. As directed by the Act, the Commission will evaluate proposals to ensure that any PESC: a) materially enhances LNG Storage Capacity in the State; b) provides net benefits to Maine's electricity and/or natural gas consumers; c) provides the opportunity for access to lower cost natural gas at times of regional peak demand for natural gas or in the event of a disruption in upstream natural gas infrastructure; and d) enhances electrical and natural gas reliability in the State.

"The Commission looks forward to receiving proposals responsive to the RFP and will evaluate them in accordance with statutory directive in a continued effort to seek solutions to Maine and New England's regional energy challenges," stated Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy. #

The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Presque Isle Public Witness Hearing - Emera Maine Proposed Increase in Rates

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:33:10 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - On Thursday September 29, 2016, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) will hold a public witness hearing to hear from members of the public on the Emera Maine proposed increase in rates of 9.89%. The public witness hearing will take place at the University of Maine Presque Isle, Folsom Hall - Room 105, 181 Main Street, Presque Isle, Maine and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

This public hearing will give the Commission an opportunity to hear the views of concerned members of the public as it considers Emera Maine's proposed rate increases. In a public witness hearing, any member of the public may participate by providing sworn testimony or they may present argument without being sworn; however, only sworn testimony becomes evidence in the case. The public witness hearing transcript will be publicly available in the case file (Docket No. 2015-00360) which may be accessed via the Commission's Case Management System. For more information on this case, and to access all documents filed to date (including a schedule of major activities in the case), please go to the Commission's website at the following link (http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml) and access the Commission's online Case Management System. Enter Docket Number 2015-00360 in the Case Lookup field to retrieve all available documents. Background: On March 21, 2016, Emera Maine filed a proposed rate increase with the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The Emera Maine request asks that the company's total revenue requirement for its distribution infrastructure and operations be increased to $86.6 million, up from approximately $80 million, an 8.3 percent increase. The Office of the Public Advocate and the Commission staff have filed alternative proposals in the case for the Commission's consideration. In addition, the Commission will consider a management audit that it had ordered of the prudence of Emera's management of the installation of its new billing system, its customer service function and the reliability of its transmission and distribution system. On July 14, 2016, Emera filed a revised proposal requesting a 9.89% increase in distribution rates. The Commission currently expects to issue its decision in this case in late fall 2016. # The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Electricity Supply Prices Set for Standard Offer Service in Emera Maine - Maine Public District

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:32:14 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - In a competitive solicitation concluded today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission ("Commission") set new prices for standard offer electricity supply for customers of Emera Maine - Maine Public District (Emera Maine) who receive standard offer supply service. The new prices are effective November 1, 2016.

For Emera Maine - Maine Public District residential and small business customers who receive standard offer supply service, the new standard offer pricing is 7.092 cents/kWh for the first seven months, which is a 16.5% decrease compared to the current standard offer rate of 8.493 cents/kWh. For the remaining term, the standard offer price will be indexed.

For Emera Maine - Maine Public District medium business customers, the new prices differ by month, equating to 7.0116 cents/kWh for the seven month average, varying from 4.89 cents/kWh to 9.349 cents/kWh. These medium class prices are about 17% lower than prices during the same period last year. For the remaining term, the standard offer price will be indexed.

These new prices apply only to standard offer service, which reflects about 90% of the sales in Emera Maine's Maine Public District service area. The prices do not apply to customers that purchase their own electricity supply in the market.

"The standard offer prices set today reflect the best bids received in our solicitation process," according to Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy. "We are encouraged that prices are lower for both retail and business customers; reflecting a downward trend in energy markets" said Vannoy. The names of the suppliers selected will be released in two weeks, allowing time for power supply arrangements to be finalized.

Background: Electricity customers in Maine receive standard offer service if they have not purchased supply from another retail supplier or through an aggregator. Currently, standard offer service represents about 90% of the supply used by Emera Maine-Maine Public District customers. Maine law requires the Commission to ensure that standard offer service for electricity supply is available to all customers in Maine. The Commission arranges for standard offer service through periodic competitive bid processes.

For more information on standard offer service prices: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/standard_offer_rates/index.html

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Request for Proposals for Physical Energy Storage Contracts for Liquefied Natural Gas Storage

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:36:53 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) has issued a Request for Proposals for Physical Energy Storage Contracts for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage.

The Request for Proposals was issued on September 14, 2016 and is available on the Commission's website at: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/natural_gas/lngstoragecontract/ . Proposals are due on or before October 14, 2016.

The Request for Proposals was issued in accordance with "An Act to Allow the Public Utilities Commission to Contract for Liquefied Natural Gas Storage and Distribution," which can be found at the following: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0600&item=3&snum=127. The Act establishes the authority for the Commission to execute or direct one or more of Maine's transmission and distribution utilities, gas utilities, or natural gas pipeline utilities to execute a Physical Energy Storage Contract (PESC) provided that certain requirements are met. As directed by the Act, the Commission will evaluate proposals to ensure that any PESC: a) materially enhances LNG Storage Capacity in the State; b) provides net benefits to Maine's electricity and/or natural gas consumers; c) provides the opportunity for access to lower cost natural gas at times of regional peak demand for natural gas or in the event of a disruption in upstream natural gas infrastructure; and d) enhances electrical and natural gas reliability in the State.

"The Commission looks forward to receiving proposals and will evaluate them in accordance with statutory directive in a continued effort to seek solutions to Maine and New England's regional energy challenges," stated Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.




Maine Public Utilities Commission Issues Proposed Rule on Customer Net Energy Billing

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:51:10 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) approved a Notice of Rulemaking today on Chapter 313, the Customer Net Energy Billing Rule. The Commissioners approved issuing for comment a proposed Rule that would make several changes to Chapter 313. Under the Commission's current Rule, generation from a customer's generating facility may be used as a kWh credit (currently energy plus transmission and distribution charges) to offset that customer's electricity usage. The major changes to the proposed Rule beginning in January 2017 are summarized below:

• As new customers sign up over the next 10 years, netting of the T&D portion of the bill will be gradually reduced to reflect changes in the costs of small renewable generation technology.

• Netting regarding the supply portion of the customers' bill will remain unchanged.

• The size cap for an eligible customer facility is proposed to increase by 50%, from 660 kilowatts to 1,000 kilowatts.

• Community net energy billing is explicitly authorized.

• Consumer protections and transparency in community net energy billing and leasing arrangements.

• Existing Net Energy Billing customer arrangements would be unchanged for a 15 year period.

"The Commission received many comments over the last several months regarding this topic" noted Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy. "In light of changes in the technology and costs of small renewable generation, particularly solar PV, we felt that opening a rulemaking process to consider changes to the Rule was the prudent course of action to ensure that all ratepayers are treated fairly." "We look forward to receiving comments on the proposed Rule from interested parties and the public," concluded Vannoy.

Background: Chapter 313 of the Commission's rules governs net energy billing (NEB) in Maine. NEB is a metering and billing mechanism that is generally used to promote the development and operation of smaller renewable generation facilities. Under Maine's NEB rules, excess generation from a customer's generating facility may be used as a kWh credit to offset that customer's electricity usage in a future billing period when the customer's facility did not generate enough to offset the customer's electricity usage. In January 2016, Central Maine Power Company (CMP) filed a letter stating that, at the end of calendar year 2015, the cumulative capacity of the generating facilities for which CMP has net energy billing agreements under Chapter 313 is approximately 1.04% of CMP's annual peak demand. Consequently, CMP requested that the Commission undertake the review of net energy billing required by Section 3(J) of Chapter 313. In response to the CMP January 14, 2016 letter, the Commission, on June 14, 2016, issued a Notice of Inquiry to obtain comment and information from interested persons regarding Maine's NEB rules and whether the rules should be modified in light of changing economics and markets.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Auction Complete

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:24:20 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation's first market-based regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, today announced the results of the 33rd auction of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances. The September 7th auction was the third auction of 2016, and generated $67.7 million. There were 14,911,315 CO2 allowances were sold at the auction at a clearing price of $4.54. Bids for allowances ranged from $2.10 to $12.65 per allowance. The money generated is allocated among the nine RGGI States which in turn utilize and invest the funds pursuant to state laws and rules.

Maine's portion of Auction 33 proceeds is about $2.2 million. Since RGGI's inception, Maine has received $81.8 million which has been used to finance rate relief, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Many of these programs and projects are managed through the Efficiency Maine Trust. "I am pleased that the market monitor has reported that Auction 33 was a competitive auction with no indication of market manipulation or collusion," said Commissioner Carlisle McLean, who also serves as the RGGI Inc. Treasurer. She also said, "RGGI continues to make strides toward a clean, low-cost electricity system while also providing revenue for each state to invest to their advantage. Although one of the smaller RGGI states, Maine continues to benefit from participating in the program."

About the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the third RGGI control period (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) have implemented a mandatory market-based regulatory program in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The 2016 RGGI cap is 86.5 million short tons. The RGGI cap declines 2.5 percent each year until 2020. The RGGI states also include interim adjustments to the RGGI cap to account for banked CO2 allowances. The 2016 RGGI adjusted cap is 64.6 million short tons. RGGI is composed of individual CO2 budget trading programs in each state, based on each state's independent legal authority. A CO2 allowance represents a limited authorization to emit one short ton of CO2, as issued by a respective state. A regulated power plant must hold CO2 allowances equal to its emissions for each three-year control period. RGGI's third control period began on January 1, 2015 and extends through December 31, 2017. For more information visit www.rggi.org. # The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Request for Proposals Issued for Standard Offer Service for Customers of Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:24:33 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) issued a Request for Proposals for retail electricity standard offer service for all customer classes in the territories of Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera Maine-Bangor Hydro District. The Commission is seeking proposals for a term of service of one year, beginning January 1, 2017. Initial proposals are due on October 4, 2016. CMP and Emera Maine are electric transmission and distribution utilities serving customers in southern, central and eastern Maine. Total electricity sales to their customers are approximately eleven million megawatt hours annually, of which about 47% currently receives standard offer service. The RFP and related materials are available on the MPUC website at: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/rfps/so_solicitations.shtml

Background: Maine law requires the MPUC to arrange for standard offer service though a competitive bid process, and to ensure that standard offer service is available to all customers in Maine. Customers receive standard offer service by default if they have not purchased supply from another electricity supplier. Specific inquiries regarding the RFP should be directed to Faith Huntington at faith.huntington@maine.gov.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Request for Applications for Disbursements from Maine's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Trust Fund

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:31:36 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) has issued a Request for Applications for Disbursements from Maine's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Trust Fund. The Request for Applications was issued on July 20, 2016 and is available on the Commission's website at: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/rggi/ Applications are due on or before August 22, 2016.

The Request for Applications was issued in accordance with An Act To Reduce Electric Rates for Maine's Businesses (Act) P.L 2015, Ch. 498. The Act requires that the Commission direct funds totaling $3 million per year for fiscal years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 to certain types of manufacturing customers in the State.

"The Commission looks forward to broad participation by customers in this application process," stated Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy. A final decision on the applications and disbursement amounts for this fiscal year will be made by November 1, 2016.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Public Witness Hearing on Emera Maine Proposed Increase in Rates

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:32 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - On Wednesday July 20, 2016, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) will hold a public witness hearing to hear from members of the public regarding the Emera Maine proposed increase in rates of 8.3%. The public witness hearing will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Rd, Bangor, Maine and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

This public hearing will give the Commission an opportunity to hear the views of concerned members of the public as it considers Emera Maine's proposed rate increase. In a public witness hearing, any member of the public may participate by providing sworn testimony or they may present argument without being sworn; however, only sworn testimony becomes evidence in the case. The public witness hearing transcript will be publicly available in the case file (Docket No. 2015-00360) which may be accessed via the Commission's Case Management System.

For more information on this case, and to access all documents filed to date (including a schedule of major activities in the case), please go to the Commission's website at the following link (http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml) and access the Commission's online Case Management System. Enter Docket Number 2015-00360 in the Case Lookup field to retrieve all available documents.

Background: On March 21, 2016, Emera Maine filed a proposed rate increase with the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The Emera Maine request asks that the company's total revenue requirement for its distribution infrastructure and operations be increased to $86.6 million, up from approximately $80 million, an 8.3 percent increase. The Commission currently expects to issue its decision in this case in late fall 2016.

# The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



MPUC Issues Request for Proposals for Electric Standard Offer Service

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:06:21 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) issued a Request for Proposals for electric standard offer service for residential and small/medium commercial customers of Emera Maine - Maine Public District (EM-MPD). The term of service begins November 1, 2016. Initial proposals are due on August 4, 2016.

EM-MPD is an electric transmission and distribution utility serving customers in northern Maine. EM-MPD is within the Northern Maine System Administrator region, which is part of the Maritimes Balancing Authority Area and is linked to ISO-NE by transmission through New Brunswick. Total annual electricity sales to EM-MPD residential and small/medium commercial customers are approximately 365,000 megawatt hours, of which about 90% currently receives standard offer service.

The RFP and related materials are available on the MPUC website at: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/rfps/so_solicitations.shtml

Background: Maine law requires the MPUC to arrange for standard offer service though a competitive bid process and to ensure that standard offer service is available to all customers in Maine. Customers receive standard offer service by default if they have not purchased supply from another electricity supplier.

Specific inquiries regarding the RFP should be directed to Faith Huntington at faith.huntington@maine.gov. # The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.



Maine Public Utilities Commission Issues Request for Proposals from Biomass Electric Generators

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:31:15 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - Today the Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) issued a Request for Proposals for the Sale of Energy from Biomass Resources (RFP). Eligible Biomass Resources are sources of electric generation fueled by wood, wood waste or landfill gas that produce energy delivered to the New England (ISO-NE) or northern Maine (NMISA) system. Bidders selected by the Commission will enter into two-year contracts with one or both of Maine's investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities - Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine. Proposals will be evaluated based on the costs and benefits they provide, including economic benefits to the State of Maine.

The RFP and related materials are available on the Commission's website at the following link: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/rfps/biomass2016/index2.html Inquiries regarding the Biomass Resources RFP should be directed to Faith Huntington at faith.huntington@maine.gov.

Background: During its 2016 session, the Maine Legislature enacted An Act To Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources (Act) P.L 2015, Ch. 483. The Act directs the Commission to initiate a competitive solicitation for the procurement of energy from up to 80 MW of Biomass Resources and authorizes the Commission to direct the transmission and distribution utilities to enter into one or more two-year contracts contingent upon available funds. The Act establishes a Cost Recovery Fund to pay the above-market costs of the contracts and directs the State Controller to transfer up to $13.4 million to the Fund at the close of fiscal year 2015-16.



Choosing your Electricity Supplier

Tue, 10 May 2016 16:00:53 EDT

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) wants to inform consumers about how to choose their electricity supplier. Prior to the year 2000, the local utility company both supplied and delivered your electricity. The utility still delivers your electricity, but today, consumers can choose the company that provides their electricity supply (typically about half of a residential bill), and this decision can be challenging and confusing.

Consumers may choose from many Competitive Electricity Suppliers (CEPs) that serve the Maine market. CEPs are licensed by the PUC and subject to certain PUC rules, but their prices are not regulated. Consumers that do not take service from a CEP will automatically receive Standard Offer Service. The prices for Standard Offer Service are determined by the PUC through periodic competitive bid processes. Current Standard Offer prices are available on the PUC webpage at http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/standard_offer_rates/index.html CEPs market their electricity supply services to consumers in a variety of ways, including advertising on television, direct mailing, and door-to-door sales. Consumers should be careful when making their choice about their electricity supply. Based on calls to the PUC's Consumer Assistance Hotline, the PUC has developed some helpful points for choosing an electricity supplier:

• Read the fine print: Every CEP is required to provide you with terms of service, which specify all aspects of the transaction between you and the CEP, including information about rates, renewals, fees for early termination of service with the CEP, how communications may be handled (e.g., by email), etc. The terms of service are crucial to your understanding of what you will pay as well as other important aspects of the CEPs service. • Do your homework: Carefully read the terms of service and compare prices with other CEPs and with the Standard Offer. Compare other features that may be important to you, such as early termination fees, how communications will be sent to you, and how many months or years you are signing up for. • Beware of feeling pressured: Remember that you are in control of your choice! Particularly if you have someone at the door, you may feel you need to make a decision right then-but you don't. And you do not have to let a salesperson into your home. If you do sign up and later do not feel good about it, you have the right to rescind your decision within five days. Making a record of when you called to rescind your choice may be useful if questions arise later about it.

If you need additional help with a CEP or Standard Offer question, please visit the PUC website at http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/cep/consumer/index.shtml or call the PUC's Consumer Assistance hotline at 800-452-4699. Consumers can also find useful pricing information on the Office of the Public Advocates website which can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/meopa/utilities/electric/supply.html ####