- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A solar compromise bill will head to Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s desk for an expected veto.

The Maine House and Senate passed the amended bill Wednesday with the more than two-thirds support needed to override a veto.

State utility regulators released solar billing rules this year that drew criticism from solar proponents and skeptics such as LePage. The governor supports a market-based credit system for solar energy and is a critic of the state’s current program that lets solar customers receive fixed bill credits for generated energy.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission said it would maintain current billing rules for existing solar customers for 15 years, while reducing certain bill credits over time.

The amended bill would reduce billing credits through 2019 and call for new solar rules.

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