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 K

Sec. K-1. 35-A MRSA §3210, sub-§5,  as amended by PL 2007, c. 644, §§1 to 3, is further amended to read:

5. Funding for research and development; community demonstration projects.   The commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust, established pursuant to chapter 97, by rule shall establish and administer a program allowing retail consumers of electricity to make voluntary contributions to fund renewable resource research and development and to fund community demonstration projects using renewable energy technologies. The program must:
A.  Include The commission shall establish a mechanism for customers to indicate their willingness to make contributions ; .
B.  Provide The commission shall provide that transmission and distribution utilities collect and account for the contributions and forward them to the commission ; .
C.  Provide The commission shall provide for a distribution of the funds to the University of Maine System, the Maine Maritime Academy or the Maine Community College System for renewable resource research and development ; .
D.  Provide The Efficiency Maine Trust shall provide for a distribution of the funds to Maine-based nonprofit organizations that qualify under the federal Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3), consumer-owned transmission and distribution utilities, community-based nonprofit organizations, community action programs, municipalities, quasi-municipal corporations or districts as defined in Title 30-A, section 2351 and school administrative units as defined in Title 20-A, section 1 for community demonstration projects using renewable energy technologies ; and .
E.  Provide The Efficiency Maine Trust shall provide for an annual distribution of 35% of the funds to the Maine Technology Institute to support the development and commercialization of renewable energy technologies.

Rules adopted under this subsection are routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. K-2. 35-A MRSA §3210, sub-§6,  as amended by PL 2007, c. 18, §2, is further amended to read:

6. Fund.   There is established the Renewable Resource Fund, referred to in this subsection as the "fund." The fund is a nonlapsing fund administered by the commission Efficiency Maine Trust, established pursuant to chapter 97. All funds collected by the commission pursuant to subsection 5 must be transferred to the Efficiency Maine Trust and deposited in the fund for distribution by the commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust in accordance with subsection 5. The commission Efficiency Maine Trust may seek and accept funding for the program established pursuant to subsection 5 from other sources, public or private. Any funds accepted for use in the program established pursuant to subsection 5 must be deposited in the fund.

Sec. K-3. 35-A MRSA §3210, sub-§6-A,  as enacted by PL 2007, c. 18, §3, is amended to read:

6-A. Renewable Resource Fund report.   The commission Efficiency Maine Trust, established pursuant to chapter 97, shall report by December 1st of each year to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over utilities and energy matters on the Renewable Resource Fund established in subsection 6 and referred to in this subsection as "the fund." The report must include:
A. A description of actions taken by the commission Efficiency Maine Trust pursuant to subsections 5 and 6 during the prior 12 months;
B. An accounting of total deposits into and expenditures from the fund during the prior 12 months; and
C. A description of any research and development or community demonstration project that received a distribution from the fund during the prior 12 months, including its objectives, current status and results.

Sec. K-4. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

EFFICIENCY MAINE TRUST

Renewable Resource Fund Z052

Initiative: Allocates funds to reflect the transfer of the Renewable Resource Fund from the Public Utilities Commission to the Efficiency Maine Trust.

OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 2009-10 2010-11
All Other
$0 $75,000
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OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL $0 $75,000

EFFICIENCY MAINE TRUST
DEPARTMENT TOTALS 2009-10 2010-11
OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS
$0 $75,000
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DEPARTMENT TOTAL - ALL FUNDS $0 $75,000

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

Renewable Resource Fund Z052

Initiative: Deallocates funds to reflect the transfer of the Renewable Resource Fund from the Public Utilities Commission to the Efficiency Maine Trust.

OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 2009-10 2010-11
All Other
$0 ($75,000)
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OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL $0 ($75,000)

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
DEPARTMENT TOTALS 2009-10 2010-11
OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS
$0 ($75,000)
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DEPARTMENT TOTAL - ALL FUNDS $0 ($75,000)

SECTION TOTALS 2009-10 2010-11
OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS
$0 $0
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SECTION TOTAL - ALL FUNDS $0 $0

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