New Maine Law Allows the Resale of Electricity by Owners of Electric Vehicle Service Equipment
A new state law removes an impediment to the proliferation of Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE). The bill sponsored by Senator Rebecca Millett passed easily through the legislature and was signed by Gov. Paul LePage last week. It will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature finishes its session.
Owners of public electric charging stations will now be allowed to charge customers a fee for kilowatt useage when they plug in their Electric Vehicles. It is anticipated that this will be an incentive for more EVSE installation providing EV owners more opportunities to charge up throughout the state.
According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) website, the official Clean Cities fuel station locator, there are currently 48 public charging stations in Maine. These pioneers, many of them municipalities are to be commended for their leadership.
Maine joins at least 12 other states that have exempted EVSE from rules that prevent the sale of electricity by a non-utility.
This is a huge step forward for anyone in Maine considering owning an EV.