LePage unhappy with changes to bill to lower energy costs

Posted April 03, 2012, at 11:43 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is unhappy with the way his bill to lower energy costs is shaping up.

LePage has been talking about energy prices since his campaign for governor in 2010 and has made the issue a priority this legislative session.

His bill removes a 100-megawatt limit to qualify as a renewable resource in order to meet the state’s renewable resource portfolio requirement. The governor says this change would open the door to long-term contracts with generators, specifically hydro power, at discounted prices. Those energy savings would be passed to commercial as well as residential customers.

LePage is not happy with committee changes to his bill, which would let the Maine Public Utilities Commission decide case-by-case when to allow the cap to be lifted.