Maine Renewable Electricity Mandate Status

Download Maine’s renewable electricity PDF

maine renewable electricity mandateRenewable Mandate Status: Not on Track

  • 2008 Estimated New Qualified Renewable Generation: Less than 0.5%[i]
  • 2008 Mandate: 1%
  • 2017 Mandate: 10% (of new resources)

Eligible Resources: fuel cells, tidal power, solar arrays and instillations, wind power, geothermal power, hydropower, biomass power or generators fuel by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling[ii]

  • Class I: new resources (10% mandate)[iii]
  • Class II: all other (30% mandate)[iv]

Class I compliance schedule:[v]

[table id=14 /]

Renewable Portfolio History: Adopted RPS in September of 1999 requiring 30% renewable retail electric sales. Enacted L.D. 2041 in June 2006 creating an RPS goal to increase new renewable energy capacity to 10% by 2017 (placed in after Sept. 1, 2005). Public Law 403 in 2007 converted the goal into a mandatory standard (Class I)[vi].

  • Wind energy development goals:[vii]
  • At least 2,000 MW of installed capacity by 2015
  • At least 3,000 MW of installed capacity by 2020 (of which 300 MW potential from coastal or offshore water facilities)
  • At least 8,000 MW of installed capacity by 2030

Credit Trading: Yes

Noncompliance penalty: The PUC allows utilities to pay an alternative compliance payment of $57.12 per megawatt-hour (MWh) for Class I renewables (inflation adjusted).[viii]

Electricity Price Ranking: 12th Highest[ix]

  • 12.62 cents/KWh in Maine
  • 7.67 cents/KWh in non-mandated states

[i] Maine only counts renewable generation from sources created after the creation of their RPS. 58% of generation was exempt; 25% of the rest was satisfied in 2008 with alternative compliance payments: From: “Maine Portfolio on New Renewable Resources,” January 19, 2008.

[ii] 35-A Maine Rev. Stat. §3210-3-A (1999),

[iii] 35-A Maine Rev. Stat. §3210-3-A (1999),

[iv] 35-A Maine Rev. Stat. §3210-2-C (1999),

[v] 35-A Maine Rev. Stat. §3210-3-A (1999),

[vi] Database of state Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, Maine,

[vii] Maine L.D. 2283 (April 11, 2008),

[viii] Maine Public Service Commission, Renewable Portfolio Standard: Alternative Compliance Payments:

[ix] EIA, Electric Power Monthly, Table 5.6.B., Average Retail Price of Electricity, June 2010, Released Sept. 15, 2010,

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *