Small Power Production and Cogeneration (Maine)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Maine

Name Small Power Production and Cogeneration (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Generating Facility Rate-Making
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


Maine's Small Power Production and Cogeneration statute says that any small power producer or cogenerator may generate or distribute electricity through his private property solely for his own use, the use of his tenants or the use of, or sale to, his associates in a small power production or cogeneration facility and not for the use of or sale to others without approval or regulation by the commission.

However, the power producer may enter into a contract with transmission and power distribution utilities for the purchase of electricity from the small power or cogeneration project. In the event that the utility files for bankruptcy, the contract of the small power producer or cogenerator is protected, and the entity acquiring the assets of the utility is required to continue purchasing power without interruption. The accompanying regulations establish the principles and procedures used in setting rates for purchases of electricity from small power production facilities and cogenerators.

Policy Contact

Department Maine Public Utilities Commission
Address 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME

Zip/Postal Code 04333-0018
Phone 207-287-3831
Fax 207-287-1039

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 35-A M.R.S.A. 3301-3309; ME Regulations 65-407-360
Date Effective 1999
Date Enacted 1987