Distributed Generation Stakeholder Group

The Governor's Energy Office, pursuant to LD 936 (PDF) as enacted by the Legislature, is convening this stakeholder group to issue recommendations that support continued development of renewable energy in Maine through cost-effective distributed generation.

In 2019, Maine law changed to encourage the development of renewable energy through distributed generation. At present, the primary mechanisms for developing distributed generation development are two net energy billing (NEB) programs: (1) kilowatt-hour credit and (2) tariff rate.

In 2021, LD 936 established a goal of 750 megawatts (MW) of distributed generation under the net energy billing programs. The bill also set a limit on distributed generation resources between 2 and 5 MW eligible for enrollment in net energy billing, and concludes the program for these resources on December 31, 2024.

Per LD 936, the charge of this stakeholder group is to "consider various distributed generation project programs to be implemented between 2024 and 2028 and the need for improved grid planning.” This group delivered an interim report on December 31, 2021, and will produce a final report by January 2023.

Objectives

  • Advise and support the development of a cost-effective successor program to foster the continued development of distributed generation in Maine following the conclusion of the net energy billing program in 2023;
  • Advise on the evaluation of the net energy program, with a focus on applying lessons learned to inform the contributions of its successor program toward state policy objectives;
  • Identify necessary resources to achieve the preceding objectives as needed.

Membership

The stakeholder group members are appointed by the GEO and represent a range of key perspectives. Input from members of the public is also an important component of the stakeholder group's work, and opportunities for public comment are provided at all stakeholder group meetings.

  • Dan Burgess, Governor's Energy Office - Chair
  • Philip Bartlett, Public Utilities Commission
  • William Harwood, Office of the Public Advocate
  • Anthony Buxton, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios on behalf of Industrial Energy Consumers Group
  • Bob Cleaves, Dirigo Solar
  • Neal Goldberg, Maine Municipal Association
  • David Norman, Versant Power
  • Sharon Klein, University of Maine School of Economics
  • Fortunat Mueller, ReVision Energy
  • Kaitlin Kelly O'Neill, Coalition for Community Solar Access
  • Jeremy Payne, Maine Renewable Energy Association
  • Peter Cohen, Central Maine Power
  • Jessica Robertson, New Leaf Energy (formerly Borrego)
  • Phelps Turner, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Amy Winston, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Interim report released December 31, 2021

The interim report of the Distributed Generation Stakeholder Group was released on December 31, 2021. Read the report here.

The scope of the interim report included the following tasks:

  1. Discussion of the optimal framework for a future distributed generation program in Maine, including consideration of best practices from elsewhere. 
  2. Discussion of how to support the successful development of distributed generation by small companies based in Maine.
  3. Identification of resources necessary to fulfill the group’s objectives by January 2023.
  4. Discussion of a holistic grid planning process that receives stakeholder input and provides key actors with the ability to make strategic system operations, planning and investment decisions;
  5. Identification and discussion of a target amount of distributed generation in a future program that is sufficient to serve 7% of statewide electric load;
  6. Discussion of how a future program should encourage the deployment of energy storage and identify ways to prioritize distributed generation that:

    • Limits impacts by being located on previously developed or impacted land, such as impervious surfaces, reclaimed gravel pits, capped landfills or brownfield sites, or located within municipally-designated preferred development zones;
    • Serves load within a low to moderate-income communities;
    • Directly serves customer load.
    • Optimizes grid performance or serve a non-wires alternative function.

How to get involved

All stakeholder group meetings will be noticed in advance on the State of Maine’s Public Calendar and will be open to attendance by the public either virtually or in-person depending on the meeting format. Agendas and relevant materials from each meeting will be posted below. To be placed on the interested parties list for meeting notifications and materials, email caroline.colan@maine.gov.

Opportunities for public comment will be provided at each stakeholder group meeting and public input will be reflected in the stakeholder group’s interim report. In addition, members of the public are invited to submit written comments to the stakeholder group at any time by emailing caroline.colan@maine.gov.

Meeting materials are posted below. View a list of all upcoming meetings

 

September 20, 2022 meeting

Date: September 20, 2022

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Hybrid meeting

In person:

State of Maine Office Building - Maine Conference Room A

109 Capitol St

Augusta, ME 04330

Virtually via Zoom - register here

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting slides - original (PDF)

Meeting slides - updated for presentation (PDF)

Summary of Stakeholder Group feedback (XLSX)

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

August 31, 2022 meeting

Date: August 31, 2022

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Hybrid meeting

In person:

State of Maine Office Building - Maine Conference Room A

109 Capitol St

Augusta, ME 04330

Virtually via Zoom - register here

Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Meeting Materials:

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

July 19, 2022 meeting

Date: July 19, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Hybrid meeting

In person:

State of Maine Office Building - Maine Conference Room A

109 Capitol St

Augusta, ME 04330

Virtually via Zoom - register here

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting materials (PDF)

Presentation from Central Maine Power (PDF)

Meeting notes (PDF)

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

June 21, 2022 meeting

Date: June 21, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Location: Hybrid meeting

In person:

State of Maine Office Building - Maine Conference Room A

109 Capitol St

Augusta, ME 04330

Virtually via Zoom - register here

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting slides (PDF)

Meeting notes (PDF)

December 29, 2021 meeting (rescheduled from December 22)

Date: December 29, 2021 (this meeting was originally scheduled for December 22, but was postponed due to inclement weather)

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting materials

- Final draft of the Stakeholder Group Interim Report - December 21, 2021

- Comments of AARP Maine - December 28, 2021

December 16, 2021 meeting

Date: December 16, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

December 9, 2021 meeting

Date: December 9, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

December 2, 2021 meeting

Date: December 2, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting materials

- DG Stakeholder Group - Comments from AARP and MECAP (PDF)

- DG Stakeholder Group Grid Planning Memo - SEAM (PDF)

November 18, 2021 meeting

Date: November 18, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting materials

November 4, 2021 meeting

Date: November 4, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting materials

October 21, 2021 meeting

Date: October 21, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting materials

October 14, 2021 meeting

Date: October 14, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF).

Meeting materials

September 30, 2021 meeting

Date: September 30, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Contact Name: Ethan Tremblay

Contact Phone: (207) 530-2603

Meeting agenda (PDF)

Meeting materials