Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session


Parts: A B C D E F G H I J K

Chapter 372

H.P. 1038 - L.D. 1485

PART H

Sec. H-1. 2 MRSA §9, sub-§2-A  is enacted to read:

2-A Powers.   The director may request from the Efficiency Maine Trust, established in Title 35-A, chapter 97, and the trust may provide from funds available to it funding sufficient to carry out the duties of the office under section 3 and any other applicable law.

Sec. H-2. 2 MRSA §9, sub-§3,  as enacted by PL 2007, c. 656, Pt. C, §1, is amended to read:

3. Duties.   The director is responsible for the execution of the duties of the office. The director shall:
A.  Chair Serve as a member of the Energy Resources Council Efficiency Maine Trust Board, established under Title 5, section 3327 12004-G, subsection 10-C;
B. In collaboration with the Energy Resources Council and other relevant state agencies, coordinate state energy policy and actively foster cooperation with the Efficiency Maine Trust, established in Title 35-A, chapter 97;
C.  Prepare In consultation with the Efficiency Maine Trust Board, established in Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 10-C, prepare and submit a comprehensive state energy plan to the Governor and the Legislature by January 15, 2009 and every 2 years thereafter;
C-1 By February 1st of each year, prepare and submit to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over utilities and energy matters an annual report that describes the activities of the office during the previous calendar year in carrying out its duties under this subsection and describes the State's progress in implementation of the state energy plan prepared pursuant to paragraph C. After receipt and review of the annual report required under this paragraph, the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over utilities and energy matters may submit legislation relating to energy policy;
D. In collaboration with other relevant state agencies, private industry and nonprofit organizations, collect and analyze energy data, including, but not limited to, data on energy supply, demand and costs in this State with consideration of all available energy sources;
E. Coordinate the dissemination of energy information to the public and the media;
F. Provide technical assistance and information to the Governor and the Legislature regarding the State's short-range and long-range energy needs and the resources to meet those needs;
G. Seek funds and partnerships with public and private sources to support the goals of the office, including, but not limited to, promoting energy efficiency, demand-side management and distributed generation;
H. Work with transmission and distribution utilities, state agencies involved in the permitting of energy generation facilities and other relevant entities to negotiate agreements that create value for electricity consumers with developers of renewable generation who are interested in building energy generation facilities or developing or utilizing energy transmission infrastructure in this State. This paragraph does not authorize the director to be a signatory to any such agreement unless that authority is otherwise granted by law. The director shall report on activities undertaken pursuant to this paragraph by February 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over utilities and energy matters;
I. Monitor energy transmission capacity planning and policy affecting this State and the regulatory approval process for the development of energy infrastructure pursuant to Title 35-A, section 122 and make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature as necessary for changes to the relevant laws and rules to facilitate energy infrastructure planning and development; and
J. Take action as necessary to carry out the goals and objectives of the state energy plan prepared pursuant to paragraph C.

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