Utilities have been trying to dismantle net metering and/or wreck the economics of customer-sited solar for years. In the first quarter of 2018, they saw some significant victories.
The second attempt to overturn the idiosyncratic governor’s veto of a solar policy fix has again failed by two votes.
The Maine House fell two votes short of overturning Governor LePage’s veto of a bill that would have preserved key aspects of net metering in the state. However, the measure will be reconsidered on Monday.
A bill which would return an essential feature of the state’s net metering policy has passed the Maine Senate, but has a long road ahead of it.
Solar installers and advocates are stunned that they now only have three weeks to install systems for homeowners before their customers are hit with new, less generous net metering rules.
Environmental groups are pushing back on both the dismantling of net metering and increased interconnection fees on solar owners, in the courts and in public hearings.
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