Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session

Chapter 35

S.P. 43 - L.D. 120

An Act Regarding Assistance to Low-income Customers of Gas Utilities

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §4706-A,  as enacted by PL 1999, c. 664, §1, is repealed.

Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §4706-B  is enacted to read:

§ 4706-B.   Assistance programs for low-income customers

1 Programs.   Each gas utility in the State that serves 5,000 or more residential customers shall offer low-income assistance programs for residential customers who satisfy criteria for low-income assistance as established by the commission in rule. To the maximum extent possible, a gas utility, in adopting and implementing a low-income assistance program under this section, shall seek to encourage conservation in the use of gas by program participants.
2 Cost recovery.   The commission shall include in rates for a gas utility all costs incurred in compliance with this section and commission rules adopted under this section, as long as such costs have been prudently incurred.
3 Rules.   The commission may adopt rules necessary to implement this section. Rules adopted under this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
4 Report.   The commission shall report on low-income assistance programs offered by gas utilities pursuant to this section within the annual report required under section 120.

Effective September 12, 2009

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State House, Room 108
Augusta, ME 04333