On Monday Governor Janet Mills asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission(PUC) to open an investigation into why Central Maine Power is belatedly telling solar developers that their projects are causing technical problems at substations that in some instances could require multimillion-dollar upgrades.

Mills said she is especially concerned that some solar projects were already built and ready to operate. In her letter Governor Mills said she would like the PUC to start a broader review of Maine’s electric utilities to ensure they have the systems and planning to accommodate the growth of renewable energy generation.

Phil Bartlett, PUC Chairman indicated that he expects to start a formal proceeding regarding this matter in the next few weeks.

Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.