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Maine's Electric Industry Restructuring Laws
Last updated: October 2017

Introduction

The State of Maine began consideration of electric deregulation in 1995. The 117th Legislature killed all legislation submitted except a resolve to study the issue. The Public Utilities Commission and the Working Group on Electric Industry Restructuring reported back to the Legislature with a deregulation proposal. The Legislature finally enacted electric utility deregulation in 1997 (PL 1997, c. 316).

For  the period 1995-2001, this legislative history includes all legislation related to 35-A MRS §3201-3217. From 2002 to present, this history covers only enacted legislation.


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Year LD Amendments Final Disposition Legislative Record Committee Files / News /
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Full LD
History
1995 LD 283

An Act Relating to the Joint Use of Equipment
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1995 LD 433

An Act to Reduce the Cost of Electricity and Provide for Market Competition in the Production and Sales of Electricity
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1995 LD 886

An Act to Improve the Business Climate in the State by Making Power Available at a Lower Rate
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1995 LD 1063

Resolve to Require a Study of the Structure of the Electric Utility Industry by the Public Utilities Commission
Enacted with amendment:

S-251
Res. 1995, c. 48 House, June 22, 1995
p. H-1224-H-1230

Senate, June 13, 1995
p. S-1098-S-1099
Committee File:  Yes Yes
1995 LD 1502

An Act Concerning Municipal Districts and the Development of a Competitive Energy Market
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1997 LD 1804

An Act to Restructure the State's Electricity Industry
Enacted with amendment:

H-568
PL 1997, c. 316 Senate, May 22, 1997
p. S-1083-S-1087
Committee File:  Yes Yes
1997 LD 1785

An Act to Provide for a Simplified Restructuring of the Electric Industry
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1997 LD 1794

An Act to Create a Competitive Market for Electricity While Protecting Consumers and the Environment
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1997 LD 1798

An Act to Permit Electric Utilities to Restructure in Ways that Improve the Economy of the State
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1997 LD 1899

An Act Regarding the Restructuring of Contracts Between Public Utilities and Qualifying Facilities
N/A PL 1997, c. 558 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1998 LD 1935

An Act Regarding Electric Utilities
Enacted with amendment:

H-984
PL 1997, c. 710 Senate, March 27, 1998
p. S-2067
Committee File:  Yes Yes
1998 LD 2018

An Act to Protect Customers of Consumer-Owned Utilities
Enacted with amendment:

S-504
PL 1997, c. 638 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1998 LD 1732

An Act to Provide Choice to Maine's Electricity Customers
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1998 LD 2208

An Act to Encourage the Development of Small Distributed Generation Technologies that Reduce Pollution
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1998 LD 2285

An Act Relating to Electric Industry Restructuring
Enacted with amendment:

S-617
PL 1997, c. 691 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 331

An Act to Amend the Renewable Resource Portfolio Requirement for Competitive Electricity Providers
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 635

An Act to Amend the Electric Industry Restructuring Law
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 659

An Act to Require Companies Responsible for Billing Electrical Services to Forward the Amount Collected within 30 Days
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 876

An Act to Amend the Renewable Portfolio Standard to Promote Maine's Renewable Energy Facilities
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 907

An Act to Facilitate the Transition to Electric Utility Competition
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 1214

An Act Authorizing the Release of Information to a Competitive Electricity Provider
Enacted with amendment:

H-330
PL 1999, c. 237 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 1273

An Act to Encourage Utility Efficiency
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 1396

An Act Relating to Contractual Obligations of Electric Utilities after Restructuring
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 1398

An Act to Secure Environmental and Economic Benefits from Electric Utility Restructuring
Enacted with amendment:

H-522
PL 1999, c. 336 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 1480

An Act Relating to Electric Utility Rate Design
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 1998

An Act to Fulfill the Requirements of the Electric Restructuring Act
Enacted with amendment:

H-112
PL 1999, c. 43 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 2154

An Act to Amend the Electric Restructuring Laws
Enacted with amendment:

H-620
PL 1999, c. 398 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 1500

An Act to Establish a Trust Fund to Provide Assistance to Low-Income Energy Consumers
N/A Indefinitely postponed House, May 26, 1999
p. H-1381-H-1382

House, June 2, 1999
p. H-1510-H-1511

Senate, May 27, 1999
p. S-1276-S-1277
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 2397

Resolve to Require an Examination of Distributed Generation
Enacted with amendment:

H-856
Res. 1999, c. 107 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 2403

An Act Regarding Electric Metering and Billing Competition
Enacted with amendment:

H-831
PL 1999, c. 601 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 2409

An Act to Amend the Renewable Resources Requirement for Electricity Providers Under the Electric Restructuring Laws
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 2428

An Act to Make Certain Public Utility Commission Rules Routine Technical Rules
N/A PL 1999, c. 577 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 2508

An Act Relating to Electric Industry Restructuring
Enacted with amendment:

H-935
PL 1999, c. 657 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 2680

An Act Concerning Certain Contracts Affected by Electric Industry Restructuring
N/A PL 1999, c. 730 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2001 LD 157

An Act to Clarify Marketing Standards for Telephone Utilities and Competitive Electricity Providers
Enacted with amendment:

H-93
PL 2001, c. 71 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2001 LD 741

An Act to Mitigate Volatile Energy Costs
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2001 LD 1538

An Act to Promote Retail Electricity Competition
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2002 LD 420

An Act to Strengthen Energy Conservation
Enacted with amendment:

H-961
PL 2001, c. 624 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2002 LD 1937

An Act to Benefit Maine's Economy
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2002 LD 2003

An Act to Prepare Residential Electricity Customers for Competitive Electric Markets in Maine
Enacted with amendment:

H-819
PL 2001, c. 528 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 231

An Act to Strengthen Delivery of Electricity Conservation Programs
Enacted with amendment:

S-88
PL 2003, c. 217 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 352

An Act to Encourage Energy Efficiency and Security
Enacted with amendment:

S-87
PL 2003, c. 219 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 669

An Act to Strengthen the Energy Resource Council
Enacted with amendments:

S-200
H-567
PL 2003, c. 487, §2 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 805

An Act to Protect Conservation Trust Funds
Enacted with amendment:

S-133
PL 2003, c. 275 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 1030

An Act to Allow Consumer-owned Utilities to Purchase Power at Negotiated Wholesale Rates, Terms and Conditions
Enacted with amendment:

H-124
PL 2003, c. 141 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 1319

An Act Making Unified Appropriations…for Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005
Enacted with amendments:

H-27
H-46
PL 2003, c. 20,
Pt. RR-10
No debate. Committee File:  Yes, but no testimony relevant to electric industry restructuring laws. Yes
2003 LD 1483

An Act to Improve the Ability of the Public Utilities Commission to Enforce State Laws, Rules and Requirements
Enacted with amendment:

H-342
PL 2003, c. 505 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 1539

An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Marks
Enacted with amendment:

H-419
PL 2003, c. 344 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2004 LD 671

An Act to Facilitate the Development of Cost-effective Distributed Electricity Generation in the State
Enacted with amendment:

S-399
PL 2003, c. 555 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2004 LD 1692

An Act to Enhance Pine Tree Development Zones
Enacted with amendments:

H-831
S-446
PL 2003, c. 610 House, March 30, 2004
p. H-1471-H-1472

House, March 31, 2004
p. H-1485-H-1486
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2004 LD 1741

An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Requirements for Competitive Electricity Providers
Enacted with amendment:

H-718
PL 2003, c. 558 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2004 LD 1916

An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

H-907*     H-952*
H-923*     H-953*
H-946*     S-552
H-947*     S-555*
H-950*     S-559*
PL 2003, c. 688, §G-1 No debate. Committee File:  Yes, but no testimony relevant to electric industry restructuring laws. Yes
2004 LD 1929

An Act to Promote Economic Development in the State by Encouraging the Production of Electricity from Renewable and Indigenous Resources
Enacted with amendment:

H-886
PL 2003, c. 665 Senate, April 13, 2004
p. S-1599-S-1600
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2004 LD 1949

An Act Relating to Certain Energy Responsibilities of the Public Utilities Commission
N/A PL 2003, c. 644 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2005 LD 563

An Act To Assist Persons with Pulmonary Disabilities
Enacted with amendment:

H-181
PL 2005, c. 132 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2006 LD 1379

An Act to Amend the Maine Wind Energy Act
Enacted with amendments:

H-1108
S-365
PL 2005, c. 646 Senate, June 2, 2005
p. S-1089-S-1092

House, June 8, 2005
p. H-933-H-936

House, May 23, 2006
p. H-1784
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2005 LD 1586

An Act to Encourage the Use of Solar Energy
Enacted with amendments:

H-615
S-403
PL 2005, c. 459 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2006 LD 1931

An Act to Encourage Energy Independence for Maine
Enacted with amendment:

S-523
PL 2005, c. 569 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2006 LD 2041

An Act to Enhance Maine's Energy Independence and Security
Enacted with amendments:

H-1024
S-628
PL 2005, c. 677 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 36

An Act to Transfer the Administration of the Renewable Resource Fund from the State Planning Office to the Public Utilities Commission
Enacted with amendment:

H-10
PL 2007, c. 18 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 134

An Act to Encourage the Use of Solar Energy
Enacted with amendment:

S-11
PL 2007, c. 29 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 268

An Act Regarding the Long-term Contracting Authority of the Public Utilities Commission
Enacted with amendment:

H-220
PL 2007, c. 293 House, May 22, 2007
p. H-547-H-549

Senate, May 24, 2007
p. S-753-S-755

Senate, June 5, 2007
p. S-891-S-892
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 795

An Act Regarding the Solar Energy Rebate Program
Enacted with amendment:

S-67
PL 2007, c. 158 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 813

An Act To Provide an Energy Allowance to At-home Patients Using Ventilators
Enacted with amendment:

H-89
PL 2007, c. 97 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 1851

An Act to Establish the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Act of 2007
Enacted with amendments:

H-321
H-380
PL 2007, c. 317 House, May 31, 2007
p. H-630-H-632

House, June 1, 2007
p. H-649-H-650

House, June 11, 2007
p. H-740-H-741

Senate, June 5, 2007
p. S-873-S-877
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 1248

An Act To Authorize Load Aggregation for Consumer-owned Electric Utilities
Enacted with amendment:

S-405
PL 2007, c. 481 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 1920

An Act To Stimulate Demand for Renewable Energy
Enacted with amendment:

H-516
PL 2007, c. 403 House, June 11, 2007
p. H-726
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 2002

An Act To Protect Electricity Consumers of Maine
Enacted with amendment:

S-521
PL 2007, c. 575 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 2061

An Act To Clarify the Qualifications of Installers under the Solar Energy Rebate Program
Enacted with amendment:

H-691
PL 2007, c. 493 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 2159

An Act To Advance the Maine Economy
Enacted with amendment:

S-566
PL 2007, c. 644 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 2255

An Act To Protect Maine's Energy Sovereignty through the Designation of Energy Infrastructure Corridors and Energy Plan Development
Enacted with amendments:

H-970
H-999
S-561
PL 2007, c. 656 House, April 8, 2008
p. H-1473-H-1475
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 2283

An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development
Enacted with amendment:

S-581
PL 2007, c. 661 House, April 11, 2008
p. H-1563-H-1564
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 220

An Act To Increase the Availability of Solar and Wind Power
Enacted with amendment:

S-90
PL 2009, c. 88 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 844

An Act To Reduce Costs for Customers of Northern Maine Consumer-owned Utilities
Enacted with amendment:

H-85
PL 2009, c. 108 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1075

An Act To Establish the Community-based Renewable Energy Pilot Program
Enacted with amendment:

H-463
PL 2009, c. 329 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1114

An Act To Facilitate the Marketing of Power Produced by Small Generators
Enacted with amendment:

H-226
PL 2009, c. 197 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1152

An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Certain Reports and Reviews Related to Utilities and Energy and Certain Positions at the Public Utilities Commission
N/A PL 2009, c. 122 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1475

An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendment:

H-579
PL 2009, c. 415, Pt. E-2 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1485

An Act Regarding Maine's Energy Future
Enacted with amendment:

H-540
PL 2009, c. 372 House, June 5, 2009
p. H-820-H-825

House, June 11, 2009
p. H-892-H-893

Senate, June 8, 2009
p. S-1034-S-1036

Senate, June 11, 2009
p. S-1089-S-1090
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1647

An Act To Enhance Maine's Clean Energy Opportunities
Enacted with amendment:

H-675
PL 2009, c. 518 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1679

An Act To Create Jobs and Stimulate Economic Development by Making Captive Insurers Eligible for Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits
Enacted with amendment:

S-400
PL 2009, c. 627 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1682

An Act To Amend the Electric Utility Industry Laws as They Relate to Renewable Resources
Enacted with amendments:

S-372
S-414
PL 2009, c. 542 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1696

An Act Regarding Community-based Renewable Energy
Enacted with amendment:

H-730
PL 2009, c. 565 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 463

An Act Concerning Policy Objectives of the Public Utilities Commission
Enacted with amendment:

H-121
PL 2011, c. 109 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 729

An Act To Ensure Ratepayer Benefits from Long-term Contracts for Renewable Energy Credits
Enacted with amendment:

S-193
 PL 2011, c. 273 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 761

An Act To Provide Rebates for Renewable Energy Technologies
Enacted with amendment:

H-455
PL 2011, c. 314 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 795

An Act To Expand Net Energy Billing
Enacted with amendment:

S-216
PL 2011, c. 262 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 999

An Act Regarding the Public Utilities Commission's Ability to Use Certain Funds
Enacted with amendment:

H-437
PL 2011, c. 283 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 1510

An Act Regarding Information Provided to Consumers By Competitive Electricity Providers
Enacted with amendment:

H-398
PL 2011, c. 284 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 1570

An Act To Reduce Energy Prices for Maine Consumers
Enacted with amendments:

S-272
S-310
PL 2011, c. 413 Senate, June 15, 2011
p. S-1353
Committee File:  Yes

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Yes
2011 LD 1864

An Act to Improve Efficiency Maine Trust Programs to Reduce Heating Costs and Provide Energy Efficient Heating Options for Maine's Consumers
Enacted with amendment:

S-508
PL 2011, c. 637 No debate. Committee File:  Yes

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Yes
2013 LD  885

An Act To Remove Obsolete Provisions of the Electric Industry Restructuring Laws
Enacted with amendment:

S-52
PL 2013, c. 116 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2013 LD 1553

An Act To Maintain Competition among Electricity Suppliers Serving Northern Maine
N/A PL 2013, c. 346 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2013 LD 1559

An Act To Reduce Energy Costs, Increase Energy Efficiency, Promote Electric System Reliability and Protect the Environment
Enacted with amendment:

H-350
PL 2013, c. 369 House, June 7, 2013
p. H-830-H-833

Senate, June 7, 2013
p. S-1058-S-1061

House, June 20, 2013
p. S-1155-S-1156

Senate, June 26, 2013
p. S-1431-S-1432

House, March 11, 2014
p. H-1557
Committee File:  Yes

Report:  Sussex Economic Advisors, for Maine Public Utilities Commission. Maine Public Utilities Commission Review of Natural Gas Capacity Options (February 26, 2014)

Report:  Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Annual Report (March 27, 2015)

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Yes
2014 LD 1278

An Act To Ensure Equitable Support for Long-term Energy Contracts
Enacted with amendment:

S-384
PL 2013, c. 454 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2014 LD 1825

An Act To Assist Electric Utility Ratepayers
Enacted with amendment:

S-482
PL 2013, c. 556 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2015 LD 340

An Act To Extend the Statutory Sunset of the Green Power Offer
Enacted with amendment:

H-22
PL 2015, c. 25 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2015 LD 589

An Act To Increase the Beneficial Reuse of Waste Materials
Enacted with amendment:

S-164
PL 2015, c. 220 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2015 LD 593

An Act To Allow the Resale of Electricity by Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
N/A

PL 2015, c. 29 Senate, April 9, 2015
p. S-361
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2017 LD 756

An Act To Clarify the Authority of an Affiliate of a Utility To Own Power Generation outside of the Utility's Territory
Enacted with amendments:

H-314
S-220
PL 2017, c. 287 Not yet available. Not yet available. N/A
2017 LD 803

An Act To Improve Transparency in the Electricity Supply Market
Enacted with amendment:

S-49
PL 2017, c. 74 Not yet available. Not yet available. N/A
2017 LD 1061

An Act To Increase Investment and Regulatory Stability in the Electric Industry
Enacted with amendment:

H-173
PL 2017, c. 134 Not yet available. Not yet available. N/A
2017 LD 1147

An Act To Modernize the Renewable Portfolio Standard
Enacted with amendments:

H-272
S-290
PL 2017, c. 291 Not yet available. Not yet available. N/A