|131st MAINE LEGISLATURE
|An Act to Create a 21st-Century Electric Grid
|Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
|Committee: Energy, Utilities and Technology
|Fiscal Note Required: Yes
|Potential current biennium cost increase - Federal Expenditures
Potential current biennium cost increase - Other Special Revenue Funds
|Fiscal Detail and Notes
|This bill directs the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) to hire a third-party consultant to conduct a two-part study related to a distribution system operator (DSO) to oversee integrated system planning for all electric grids. The initial portion of the study is to determine if a DSO could achieve certain objectives. If yes, the second part of the study would be to design a proposal for implementation. The GEO is required to obtain any available federal funding first for the cost of the consulting services, but allows the GEO to request up to $300,000 from the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fund if no federal funding is secured.