Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §10109, sub-§3-A is enacted to read:
For the purposes of this subsection, "affected customer" means a customer who is not primarily in the business of selling electricity, is receiving service at a transmission or subtransmission voltage level as defined in section 10110, subsection 6 within the electrical utility transmission system administered by an independent system operator of the New England bulk power system or a successor organization and is an energy-intensive manufacturer, as defined in reports prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The commission may also determine that a manufacturer not defined as an energy-intensive manufacturer in reports prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration is an affected customer if that manufacturer meets the other requirements of the definition under this subsection.
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §10109, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2013, c. 369, Pt. A, §§14 to 17, is further amended to read:
(1) Reliably reduce greenhouse gas production and heating energy costs by fossil fuel combustion in the State at the lowest cost in funds from the trust fund per unit of emissions; or
(2) Reliably reduce the consumption of electricity increase the efficiency with which energy in the State is consumed at the lowest cost in funds from the trust fund per kilowatt-hour unit of energy saved.
(1) Costs of the Department of Environmental Protection for participating in the regional organization as defined in Title 38, section 580-A, subsection 20 and for administering the allowance auction under Title 38, chapter 3-B; and
(2) Costs of the Attorney General for activities pertaining to the tracking and monitoring of allowance trading activity and managing and evaluating the trust's funding of conservation programs.
Sec. 3. Initial disbursement proceeding. The Public Utilities Commission shall conduct an expedited proceeding to determine the initial allocation of disbursements to each affected customer, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 10109, subsection 3-A, allowed under that subsection. The commission must direct the initial distribution of funds to the benefit of such customers no later than November 1, 2016.’