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, 2023.

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 will help deliver two reports to fulfill this charge, an initial report by January 2022 and 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.

  • Dan Burgess, Governor's Energy Office - Chair
  • Philip Bartlett, Public Utilities Commission
  • Andrew Landry, 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
  • Arielle Silver Karsh, 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
  • Jason Rauch, Central Maine Power
  • Jessica Robertson, Borrego
  • Phelps Turner, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Amy Winston, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Initial report scope

The scope of the initial report will include 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 ethan.tremblay@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 ethan.tremblay@maine.gov.

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

October 21, 2021 meeting

Register to observe this 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