An Act To Establish Energy Policy in Maine
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §10109, sub-§3-A, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 498, §1, is amended to read:
For the purposes of this subsection, "affected customer" means a customer who is not primarily in the business of selling electricity, is receiving service at a transmission or subtransmission voltage level as defined in section 10110, subsection 6 within the electrical utility transmission system administered by an independent system operator of the New England bulk power system or a successor organization and is an energy-intensive manufacturer, as defined in reports prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The commission may also determine that a manufacturer not defined as an energy-intensive manufacturer in reports prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration is an affected customer if that manufacturer meets the other requirements of the definition under this subsection.
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §10109, sub-§4, ¶A, as amended by PL 2015, c. 498, §2, is further amended to read:
(1) Reliably reduce greenhouse gas production and heating energy costs by fossil fuel combustion in the State at the lowest cost in funds from the trust fund per unit of emissions; or
(2) Reliably increase the efficiency with which energy in the State is consumed at the lowest cost in funds from the trust fund per unit of energy saved.
Notwithstanding this paragraph, during fiscal years 2017-18 to 2019-20, the trust is not required to allocate 50% of the funds to residential programs and 50% of the funds to commercial and industrial programs and may instead allocate those funds to programs at the trust's discretion.
Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §10111, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2015, c. 425, §1, is further amended to read:
The assessments charged to gas utilities under this section are just and reasonable costs for rate-making purposes and must be reflected in the rates of gas utilities.
All funds collected pursuant to this section are collected under the authority and for the purposes of this section and are deemed to be held in trust for the purposes of benefiting natural gas consumers served by the gas utilities assessed under this subsection. In the event funds are not expended or contracted for expenditure within 2 years of being collected from consumers, the commission shall ensure that the value of those funds is returned to consumers.
For purposes of this subsection, "large-volume manufacturer" means a customer that is a gas utility ratepayer engaged in manufacturing in the State and purchases at least 1,000,000 centum cubic feet of natural gas per year.
Rules adopted by the commission under this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.