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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 09/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Maine
Incentive Type: Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Unspecified Technologies
Applicable Sectors: Utility
Electric Sales Reduction30% reduction by 2020
Electric Peak Demand Reduction100 MW reduction by 2020
Natural Gas Sales Reduction30% by 2020
Rate Impact ParametersYes
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
35-A MRSA ยง10104 et seq.
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
MPUC Docket No. 2010-116
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
Efficiency Maine Trust 2011-2013 Triennial Plan
Authority 4:
Date Enacted:
Docket No. 2010-116
Authority 5:
Date Enacted:
Docket No. 2010-116

In June 2009, Maine enacted the Act Regarding Maine's Energy Future, which established the Efficiency Maine Trust. As a part of this Act, the Trust is responsible for creating a plan to reach the following energy efficiency targets:

  • 100 MW reduction in peak-load electricity consumption by 2020
  • 30% reduction in electricity and natural gas consumption
  • 20% reduction in heating fuel consumption
  • Weatherization of 100% of homes and 50% of businesses by 2030
  • Capturing all cost-effective efficiency resources available for utility customers

In pursuance of these goals, the Trust must develop triennial plans describing a three-year plan, programs, and implementation strategies for reaching these goals, as well as other energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. The triennial plans must be approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and will be reanalyzed annually through Docket 2010-116. The first triennial plan was approved by the Commission in July 2010, and will expire in June 2013. The overall goals and the programs are directed at consumers rather than utilities. Reviews to the plan were approved in February 2011, and again in January 2012. The plan includes a goal of saving more than 3.3 trillion BTUs of energy annually by Fiscal Year 2013. Efficiency Maine has made the draft fiscal year 2014-2016 triennial plan available. Efficiency Maine also publishes an annual report on its activities; Fiscal Year 2011 Efficiency Maine Annual Report was published in December 2011.

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