LD 9 – LD 09 An Act To Promote Renewable Energy by Authorizing a Power-to-fuel Pilot Program

This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish and oversee a power-to-fuel pilot program. The commission is required to approve up to 2 power-to-fuel projects between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2027, each up to 10 megawatts in production capacity, that convert renewable energy to hydrogen gas, methane gas or other fuel. Under the pilot program, sales of renewable energy to a power-to-fuel project are exempt from distribution charges, charges associated with the procurement of energy efficiency resources and renewable portfolio standards requirements for a period of 15 years from the date of operation of the power-to-fuel project. The bill requires the commission to submit a report on the pilot program by November 1, 2023 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy and utility matters.

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