November 2009 - Governor Baldacci of Maine signed into law a bill requiring the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to develop a default green power option for all residential and small commercial electricity consumers. The PUC is directed to include community-based renewable energy to the maximum extent possible. Community-based energy includes generation facilities that are at least 51% owned by an individual, a political subdivision, a State entity, a federally recognized Indian tribe located in Maine, a nonprofit corporation, or a business corporation which has at least 51% ownership by one or more residents of Maine. The PUC is charged with adopting rules to implement the requirement.
Additional Information - An Act To Establish the Community-based Renewable Energy Pilot Program