By Brandon Doyen
WABI news story
HALLOWELL, Maine (WABI) – The Public Utilities Commission heard from the public in Hallowell on Tuesday on a rule the PUC proposed that would double the cost to connect solar installations to the grid.
Members from the Natural Resources Council of Maine as well as businesses and homeowners that utilize solar power spoke in opposition to the rule change.
They say the PUC is continuing to dismantle the framework that allows Mainers to generate their own solar power.
NRCM members say utilizing solar power would create more jobs, increase energy independence and protect the environment.
“It actually is the largest growing job sector in the country and it’s an amazing opportunity to both grow jobs here in the state, but also to save people money on their energy bill,” said Sue Ely, Clean Energy Attorney for the NRCM.
The Public Utilities Commission is accepting public comment until December 22nd.
**A previous version of this story inaccurately stated that CMP had proposed this change. The proceeding to review the charges was initiated by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and NOT proposed by CMP.