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  • Maine RFP for Beneficial Electrification of the Transportation Sector Issued

    Commission Seeks Pilot Programs to Support Electrification of Maine’s Transportation Sector

    August 28, 2019

    The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking pilot programs for the beneficial electrification of the transportation sector.  The RFP is a result of newly enacted legislation entitled “An Act to Support Electrification of Certain Technologies for the Benefit of Maine Consumers and Utility Systems and the Environment”.

    “We encourage industry and other interested entities to respond with proposals that can create benefits for the people of Maine, including reduced carbon emissions”, stated Commission Chair Phil Bartlett. “Maine has an opportunity to make a real difference and we look forward to receiving creative pilot programs in response to our RFP.” 

    The RFP and related information can be found on the Commission’s website at the following link:  https://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/rfps/electrification-pilot.  The RFP requires that pilot-program proposals be submitted to the Commission no later than Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  The Commission will select proposals no later than March 1, 2020.

    Background:  During its First Regular Session, the 129th Maine Legislature enacted An Act to Support Electrification of Certain Technologies for the Benefit of Maine Consumers and Utility Systems and the Environment, P.L. 2019, ch. 365, § 5 (the Act). The Act directs the Commission to seek proposals for pilot programs to support the beneficial electrification of Maine’s transportation sector. The legislation defines “beneficial electrification” as electrification of a technology that reduces the use of a fossil fuel, including electrification of a technology that would otherwise require energy from a fossil fuel, and that provides a benefit to a utility, a ratepayer, or the environment by improving the efficiency of the electricity grid or reducing consumer costs or emissions, including carbon emissions.

    About the Commission

    The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers.  Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service and Dig Safe.  Philip Bartlett serves as Chairman, Bruce Williamson and Randall Davis serve as Commissioners.