An Act To Require That Expedited Wind Energy Development Projects Provide a Tangible Benefit to Maine Ratepayers in the Form of Discounts to Future Electric Rates
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §685-B, sub-§4-B, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. C, §4, is amended to read:
For purposes of this subsection, "tangible benefits," "generating facility," "primary siting authority," "wind energy development" and "expedited wind energy development" have the same meanings as in Title 35-A, section 3451.
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §3454, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. A, §7, is amended to read:
§ 3454. Determination of tangible benefits
In making findings pursuant to Title 12, section 685-B, subsection 4 or Title 38, section 484, subsection 3, the primary siting authority shall presume that an expedited wind energy development provides energy and emissions-related benefits described in section 3402 and shall make additional findings regarding other tangible benefits provided by the development. As provided in Title 12, section 685-B, subsection 4-B, paragraph E and Title 38, section 484, subsection 10, paragraph D, the primary siting authority may not approve a proposed expedited wind energy development unless the applicant demonstrates to the primary siting authority that the proposed generating facility will provide a tangible benefit to ratepayers in the State in the form of a reduction in long-term electric rates. The Department of Labor, the Executive Department, State Planning Office and the Public Utilities Commission shall provide review comments if requested by the primary siting authority.
Sec. 3. 38 MRSA §484, sub-§10, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. B, §12, is repealed.
Sec. 4. 38 MRSA §484, sub-§10, ¶D is enacted to read:
This bill requires that proposals for expedited wind energy development projects must, in addition to current applicable criteria, demonstrate to the siting authority that the proposed generating facility will provide a tangible benefit to Maine ratepayers in the form of a reduction in long-term electric rates.