LD 1784
Session - 126th Maine Legislature
LR 2781
Item 1
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

An Act To Reform Regulation of Consumer-owned Water Utilities

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

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §6114  is enacted to read:

§ 6114 Waiver of requirements

The commission may grant exemptions from all or specified portions of this Title to individual consumer-owned water utilities or a class of consumer-owned water utilities, as defined in section 6101, subsection 1-A. An exemption granted under this section must be granted pursuant to standards and procedures adopted by the commission by rule and must be accompanied by specific findings that the exemption is in the public interest and will not result in unjust or unreasonable rates or have a negative impact on the provision of safe, adequate and reliable service. In waiving any function or requirement, the commission shall make specific findings that the consumer-owned water utility has adequate technical, financial and administrative capacity to perform the waived function or requirement. The commission may limit an exemption to specific geographic areas. A consumer-owned water utility granted an exemption under this section remains subject to section 301, subsections 1 to 3 and section 6109.

For good cause, as defined by the commission by rule, the commission may revoke any exemption granted under this section. A revocation may be in whole or in part and may be specific to individual entities or services.

Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.


This bill is reported out by the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology pursuant to Resolve 2013, chapter 47, section 1. As required by the resolve, the Public Utilities Commission submitted to the committee its plan to reform the regulation of consumer-owned water utilities on January 30, 2014, including the necessary changes to law to implement its plan. This bill incorporates the changes to law that the commission has indicated are necessary to implement its plan.

The committee has not taken a position on the substance of the plan or this bill and by reporting this bill out the committee is not suggesting and does not intend to suggest that it agrees or disagrees with any aspect of the commission's plan or this bill. The committee is reporting the bill out for the sole purpose of turning the commission's proposal into a printed bill that can be referred to the committee for an appropriate public hearing and subsequent processing in the normal course. The committee is taking this action to ensure clarity and transparency in the legislative review of the commission's proposal.

Top of Page