Maine - LD1649 - 2016

An Act To Modernize Maine's Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development

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Electricity Generation

Added On: 03-14-2016
Updated On: 04-28-2016
Status: Vetoed
Primary Sponsor: House: James Hamper (R)





Actions (37)

  • 03-10-2016 - Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
  • 03-10-2016 - The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
  • 03-10-2016 - Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
  • 03-10-2016 - Representative DION for the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology pursuant to Resolve 2015, chapter 37, section 2 reports that the Bill be REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.
  • 04-13-2016 - ROLL CALL NO. 605 (Yeas 81 - Nays 69 - Absent 1 - Excused 0)
  • 04-13-2016 - The Bill was READ ONCE.
  • 04-13-2016 - Reports READ.
  • 04-13-2016 - On motion of Representative DION of Portland, REPORT A Ought to Pass as Amended was ACCEPTED.
  • 04-13-2016 - Committee Amendment "A" (H-666) was READ and ADOPTED.
  • 04-13-2016 - Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
  • 04-13-2016 - The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-666).
  • 04-13-2016 - Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
  • 04-14-2016 - The House RECEDED and CONCURRED to PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-666) as Amended by Senate Amendment "A" (S-522) thereto
  • 04-14-2016 - ROLL CALL NO. 633 (Yeas 91 - Nays 56 - Absent 4 - Excused 0)
  • 04-14-2016 - ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
  • 04-14-2016 - Reports READ
  • 04-14-2016 - Motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin to ACCEPT Report B Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-667) Report FAILED
  • 04-14-2016 - Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 671 Yeas 16 - Nays 19 - Excused 0 - Absent 0
  • 04-14-2016 - Report A Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-666) Report ACCEPTED in concurrence
  • 04-14-2016 - READ ONCE
  • 04-14-2016 - Committee Amendment "A" (H-666) READ
  • 04-14-2016 - On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York Senate Amendment "A" (S-522) to Committee Amendment "A" (H-666) READ and ADOPTED
  • 04-14-2016 - Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 672 Yeas 35 - Nays 0 - Excused 0 - Absent 0
  • 04-14-2016 - Committee Amendment "A" (H-666) As Amended By Senate Amendment "A" (S-522) thereto ADOPTED In NON-CONCURRENCE
  • 04-14-2016 - Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment "A" (H-666) As Amended By Senate Amendment "A" (S-522) thereto In NON-CONCURRENCE
  • 04-14-2016 - Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
  • 04-14-2016 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
  • 04-14-2016 - Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
  • 04-16-2016 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence
  • 04-29-2016 - This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"
  • 04-29-2016 - ROLL CALL NO. 650V 96 having voted in the affirmative and 52 in the negative, with 3 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
  • 04-29-2016 - HELD at the Request of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.
  • 04-29-2016 - On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, the House RECONSIDERED its action whereby the veto was SUSTAINED.
  • 04-29-2016 - ROLL CALL NO. 660 (Yeas 84 - Nays 62 - Absent 5 - Excused 0)
  • 04-29-2016 - This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"
  • 04-29-2016 - ROLL CALL NO. 661V 93 having voted in the affirmative and 50 in the negative, with 8 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become law and the veto was sustained.
  • 04-29-2016 - (Placed in the Legislative Files. DEAD.)

Votes (7)

DateMotion (click for details)ChamberCommitteeYes
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No
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Other
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Passed
04-13-2016Acc Report 'a' Otp As Amend RC #605House81691yes
04-14-2016Recede And Concur RC #633House91564yes
04-14-2016Accept Otp-b Rpt RC #671Senate16190no
04-14-2016Adopt Sas-522 To Cah-666 RC #672Senate3500yes
04-29-2016Reconsideration - Veto RC #650House96523no
04-29-2016Reconsider RC #660House84625yes
04-29-2016Reconsideration - Veto RC #661House93508no

News (10)

Maine municipalities pull back on solar projects after veto kills bill - Press Herald
Published by pressherald.com
Wed, 18 May 2016 08:08:21 GMT

The failed solar bill, L.D. 1649, would have changed those rules as part of an effort to dramatically increase the amount of solar-generated electricity in Maine from 18 megawatts to 250 megawatts in five years. According to the national Solar ...

Solar supporters urge lawmakers to pass solar bill - WCSH6.com
Published by wcsh6.com
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:13:46 GMT

Supporters of LD 1649, or the solar bill, say Governor Paul LePage is spreading misinformation about the bill and believe it can help Maine's economy if it passes. They say it's a good deal, not only for consumers ... A lot of that is due to the high ...

Maine solar power bill passes legislative committee - Utility Dive
Published by utilitydive.com
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:00:57 GMT

The bill was passed out of committee by a vote of 7-5, which was backed by the Democrats but opposed by the Republicans. The state House will take it up next, but it faces opposition by Maine's Republican leadership and Gov. Paul LePage (R), which ...

5 myths people hold about solar power in Maine - Bangor Daily News
Published by bangordailynews.com
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:53:45 GMT

Solar panels are seen on the outside of a home in Searsport on Sept. ... Over the last year, the Office of the Public Advocate has facilitated regular meetings of local businesses, public utility representatives, lawmakers, researchers and citizen ...

Maine lawmakers fail to override LePage veto of solar incentive bill - Utility Dive
Published by utilitydive.com
Mon, 02 May 2016 13:37:03 GMT

The 96-52 vote Friday morning on L.D. 1649 fell two votes short of the number needed to overrule the veto. The incentive plan, ordered by state legislators last year over another LePage veto, was designed to grow Maine's current 18 MW installed solar ...

Maine Governor Vetoes Solar Compromise Bill - Solar Industry
Published by solarindustrymag.com
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:49:00 GMT

State lawmakers first announced the legislation, L.D.1649, in February, and it aimed to replace Maine's net energy metering (NEM) policy with a market-based program. The novel approach was the result of a months-long stakeholder process. Under NEM ...

Revised solar bill picks up 10 more votes in Maine House - Press Herald
Published by pressherald.com
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:49:05 GMT

The bill, L.D. 1649, aims to add 196 megawatts of solar energy to the state's energy portfolio over the next four years, down from the 248 megawatts contained in the original version. Maine has roughly 20 megawatts of installed solar energy today. The ...

Eye on Augusta: House GOP Blocks Solar Compromise - Freepress Online
Published by freepressonline.com
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:28:55 GMT

On Wednesday, the Maine House of Representatives voted 81-69 to pass a bill to expand access to solar energy and create an estimated 800 new solar jobs. ... LD 1649 — which was created by a stakeholder group of utility companies, solar installers ...

Maine lawmakers near approval of solar incentive bill, but still lack votes for veto override - Utility Dive
Published by utilitydive.com
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:31:30 GMT

By large bipartisan majorities, each house of the Maine legislature approved an amended version of LD 1649, a bill designed to replace the state's net metering program with a market-based incentive structure and grow the state's solar resource from the ...

Maine Senate approves solar energy bill - Seacoastonline.com
Published by seacoastonline.com
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:29:01 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state Senate on Wednesday gave initial approval to an amended version of a landmark solar energy bill that will increase the state's utilization of clean, renewable solar energy, lower electric rates and create hundreds of new ...