PUT MAINE FAMILIES BEFORE WALL STREET INVESTORS.
STOP SKYROCKETING ELECTRICITY COSTS.
Maine’s current Net Energy Billing program is broken. We have the most expensive solar projects in America, costing Mainers hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary rate hikes. The people profiting on the backs of Maine people are wealthy, out-of-state investors. This is not right.
Representative Walter Runte has the power to protect Maine ratepayers and Maine families from Net Energy Billing. Let’s ask our Maine legislators to stop the price spikes caused by Net Energy Billing.
Net Energy Billing inflates electricity costs for all Mainers—including those who participate in community solar programs.
Maine’s broken Net Energy Billing projects cost FIVE TIMES MORE than equally useful solar routinely purchased by utilities. Some NEB projects this year have rates of 25 cents per kWh, while Maine Public Utilities Commission routinely purchases equally useful solar for less than 5 cents per kWh. Maine families cannot afford this expensive mistake.
We believe solar should benefit Maine people, not Wall Street investors. That’s why we support equally useful solar that costs a FRACTION of the price of NEB programs.
Maine PUC records show the majority of firms sponsoring Maine’s NEB projects are out-of-state groups. 27% of Maine’s NEB participants are from Massachusetts. This is NOT Maine community solar. Our Legislature has the power to fix this.
Maine’s utilities, energy consumers, and MPUC all estimate NEB projects will cost at least $200 million per year for 20 years. That’s an undisputed cost of at least $4 BILLION to Maine ratepayers.