An Act To Make Efficient Electric Heat Pumps Available to Utility Customers, Including Low-income Customers
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3105 is enacted to read:
§ 3105. Heat pump program
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a transmission and distribution utility may develop and implement, upon approval of the commission, a program within its service territory to assist low-income customers and other customers who need assistance in obtaining the benefits of efficient electric heat pumps as set forth in this section and may advertise the availability of its program to its customers.
Nothing in this section is intended to limit the authority of the commission to establish electric distribution rates for customers participating in a program under this section.
Sec. 2. PL 2011, c. 637, §11, as amended by PL 2013, c. 369, Pt. G, §§1 and 2, is repealed.
This bill allows transmission and distribution utilities to implement programs to provide efficient electric heat pumps to customers who are unable to purchase and install heat pumps due to income or other reasons. The program's design and operation is subject to review and regulation by the Public Utilities Commission and may include rates for customers participating in the program to cover program costs, which costs may be paid only by customers participating in the program, and the program must offer customer choice of qualified 3rd-party installers. It also repeals the provision of law that allowed transmission and distribution utilities to develop and implement pilot programs to provide efficient electric heating systems to customers.