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State Incentives for Achieving Clean  and Renewable Energy
Development on  Contaminated  Lands
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The development of clean and renewable energy on formerly used land offers many economic and environmental benefits. Combining clean and renewable
energy and contaminated land cleanup incentives can allow investors and communities to create economically viable clean and renewable energy redevelopmehl projects.
This document provides information about incentives in your state that can be leveraged for clean and renewable energy and development of contaminated land.
                     Incentives for Clean  and  Renewable Energy
Funding (loans, grants, bonds, etc.)
Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) -- Voluntary
Renewable Resources Fund
Provides grants up to $50,000 (as funds are available) for small-scale
community projects designed to educate the community on the value and
cost-effectiveness of harnessing natural resources for clean electricity.
Maine-based nonprofit organizations (including community-based
nonprofits), electric cooperatives, quasi-municipal corporations and
districts, and community action programs are eligible. Total funding
available through this fund is dependent on voluntary contributions by
electric customers and revenues from the renewable portfolio standard
alternative compliance payment.

Tax Incentives (abatements, deductions, credits, etc.)
PUC - Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
Provides rebates for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV), solar hot
water and solar air systems for Maine residents. Rebate incentive amounts
for FY2008 included a commercial incentive: 35% of the system costs or
$10,500, whichever is less. The two-year program extension will provide
additional funding for PV from January 1,2009, through December 31,
2010. However, due to the popularity of the program all funds have been
allocated for 2008 and 2009. Legislation enacted in April 2008 extended
rebates to  grid-tied wind energy systems installed after January 1,2009;
the PUC will establish new rebate levels.

Net Metering	
www.state.me. us/mpuc
Credits net excess generation (NEG) to the following month for up to 12
months; after the end of an annualized period, all NEG is granted to the
utility with no compensation for the customer. There is no limit on the
aggregate  amount of energy generated by net-metered customers.
However, a utility must notify the PUC if the cumulative capacity of net-
metered facilities reaches 0.5% of the utility's peak demand. System size
limit is 100 kW. All of Maine's electric utilities—investor-owned utilities,
municipal utilities and electric cooperatives—must offer net metering.
Applicable sectors include: commercial, industrial and residential.
                                                                                         Quick Facts
                                                                  Public Benefit Fund (PBF)
                                                                  Renewable Portfolio Standard
                                                                      30% by 2000; 10% by 2017
                                                                  Net Metering
                                                                  Interconnection Standards
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                                                                              Electric Power Industry Generation by
                                                                               Primary Energy Source (EIA, 2006)
                                                                     Petroleum-Fired      3.5%   Hydroelectric      25.4%
                                                                     Natural Gas-Fired   43.4%   Other Renewables  23.6%
                                                                     Coal-Fired           1.9%   Other              2.1%
                                                                                      Points of Contact
                                                                  Maine PUC, www.state.me.us/mpuc
                                                                  Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund
                                                                  Shirley Bartlett, shirley.bartlett@maine.gov, (207) 287-3318
                                                                  Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
                                                                  Richard Fortier, Richard.Fortier@maine.gov, (207) 287-3319
                                                                  Net Metering
                                                                  Mitchell Tannenbaum, mitchell.tannenbaum@maine.gov, (207) 287-1391
Information current as of November 2008; please refer to
www.epa.gov/brownfields/pubs/st_res_prog_report.htm and the state Web sites provided,
or contact the points of contact identified above for more up to date information.
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                     Incentives  for  Development  of Contaminated  Land
Technical Assistance and Other Incentives	
Municipal Brownfields Site Assessment Program
Assists municipalities and nonprofits in conducting Phase I and II site
assessments at brownfield properties. The program's goal is to provide
information to applicants regarding the presence of contamination, and
assist applicants with decision making regarding the property.

Municipal Brownfields Request for Remedial Assistance
Assists municipalities and nonprofits with cleanup efforts of petroleum and
hazardous substances at brownfield properties. Many of these sites have
already participated in site  investigation through state or federal
brownfields programs. The program's goal is to conduct remediation
activities at brownfields and clear the way for redevelopment.

Limitations on Liability	
Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP)
Provides a Certificate of Completion—a release from liability for the
remediation of all known contamination at the property—for all pollutants
identified in site assessment and cleanup upon completion of the voluntary
response plan under the Maine Voluntary Response Action Program.
                                                                                              Quick Facts
                                                                     Limitations on Liability
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                                                                     Number of State-Tracked Contaminated Properties:       1,000
                                                                     Includes brownfields, VPAF, uncontrolled sites, landfills, and federal facilities

                                                                     Number of EPA CERCLIS Sites:                            55
                                                                     Sites identified for potential investigation under the federal Superfund Program

                                                                     Number of EPA Brownfields Properties:                    166
                                                                     Properties being funded or addressed under the EPA Brownfields Program
                                                                     There may be some overlap among the categories listed and sites listed may not
                                                                     represent all potentially contaminated sites in Maine.
                                                                                           Points of Contact
                                                                      Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
                                                                      Municipal Brownfields Site Assessment Program, Municipal
                                                                      Brownfields Request for Remedial Assistance
                                                                      Jean Firth, jean.m.firth@maine.gov, (207) 287-7716
                                                                      VRAP, Nick Hodgkins, nick.hodgkins@maine.gov, (207) 287-4854
Information current as of November 2008; please refer to
www.epa.gov/brownfields/pubs/st_res_prog_report.htm and the state Web sites provided,
or contact the points of contact identified above for more up to date information.
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