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Summary of Electric Restructuring Rules
This section describes rules developed by the Maine Public Utilities Commission that will govern the way competitive electricity providers do business in Maine's retail electricity market. To obtain a copy of any documents, call the MPUC at 207-287-1396 or click on the Chapter number and Docket number below. If there are questions about a proceeding, please call Mitch Tannenbaum of the MPUC at 207-287-1391.
1. Chapter 301: Standard Offer Service (Order Finally Adopting, Docket No. 2000-904)
Maine law requires that standard offer service be available to all customers. The law encourages that at least 3 providers be chosen through a bidding process, and it limits the percentage of standard offer service that may be provided by affiliates of large investor-owned utilities in the state. Chapter 301 contains the terms for standard offer service and the method for selecting standard offer providers. The first bid process is complete, and chose standard offer providers for the year beginning March 1, 2000 (for two years to CMP's residential and small commercial customers). In August 2000, the Commission completed a proceeding that revised the standard offer procedures in response to experience gained during the first bid process. In November 2000, the Commission approved a change to the opt-out provision, to correct an inadvertent consequence of the prior rule change. In January 2001, the Commission approved a revision to Chapter 301 that resolved all opt-out fee issues. Orders related to changes in Chapter 301 are on the Commission web page under "Commission Proceedings." Access Dockets 97-739, 98-576, 2000-890 and 2000-904.
2. Chapter 305: Licensing Requirements, Enforcement and Consumer Protection Provisions (Docket No. 98-608) (Docket No. 2000-335).
This rule establishes licensing requirements for competitive electricity providers (which include marketers, brokers, aggregators and any other entity selling electricity to the public at retail.) The rule also establishes consumer protection rules that providers are required to observe when serving residential and small commercial customers.
3. Chapter 306 (Disclosure Label): Uniform Information Disclosure (Docket No. 98-708) (Final Order - Docket No. 98-708) (Information Requirements) (Docket No. 2000-336) (Order on Waivers and Information Requirements)
This rule establishes the information that competitive electricity providers must give customers, in a format that is uniform among all providers. The information requirements include a disclosure label containing price, resource mix, and emissions.
4. Chapter 307: Sale of Capacity and Energy of Undivested Generation Assets (Docket No. 98-824) (Final Order, Docket No. 98-824) (Supplemental Order Finally Adopting - Docket No. 98-824)
Maine law requires that utilities divest their interests in electricity generation, including their entitlements to energy and capacity that they receive under purchases power contracts. This rule governs the bidding procedures for selling these entitlements. Winning bidders in the utilities' RFBs have been chosen to purchase the entitlements for two years beginning March of 2000. For more information, click here.
5. Chapters 311: Renewable Resources Portfolio (Dockets No. 98-619) (Final Order - Docket No. 98-619) (Supplemental Order Finally Adopting - Docket No. 98-619) Chapter 312
These rules implements the resource portfolio requirement that is contained in Maine's restructuring legislation and establish a renewable resource research and development fund to which consumers may voluntarily contribute. Chapter 311 generally requires that at least 30% of a provider's generation source portfolio be comprised of certain renewable and efficient resources and it defines the generation sources that are considered eligible.
6. Chapter 313: Net Energy Billing (Docket No. 98-621)
This rule establishes terms for net energy billing. This arrangement is available when energy is generated from a renewable fuel by a facility with an installed capacity of 100 kW or less, to serve its own electricity requirements.
7. Chapter 321: Load Obligation and Settlement Calculations (Docket No. 98-496). (Order approving amendment - Docket No. 99-721)
This rule establishes the process by which utilities will develop hourly estimates of competitive electricity providers' load obligations, including load profiling and metering procedures. The utilities will provide these estimates to the bulk power system administrator, which will balance each provider's load obligations with its delivered generation to determine financial settlement. Utilities have filed their sampling, profiling, and settlement methods. Utilities have also filed Line Loss Studies, which may be obtained from the Commission. For system line losses, click here.
8. Chapter 322: Interactions among Utilities and Providers - Metering, Billing and Collections and Enrollment for Electric Service (Docket No. 98-810) (Order approving amendment - Docket No. 99-659)
This rule establishes how utilities and competitive electricity providers will meter their customers' usage, issue bills, and enroll customers. It also addresses transfer of customer history and business data.
9. Chapter 323: Electronic Business Transactions Working Group (Docket No. 98-522) - Order Adopting Standards (Docket No. 99-468)
Maine implemented a statewide EBT group fashioned after similar efforts in other states, to determine the methods for electronically transferring data among utilities and providers. The Commission has adopted the Standards developed by that group (Maine Electronic Business Transaction (EBT) Standards). Providers may contact Calvin Luther, Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, 207-973-2833 for more information regarding the EBT Standards.
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