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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

House Passes Poliquin Amendment

December 3, 2015
Press Release
Biomass Amendment Will Increase Affordable and Reliable Energy and Help Create More Jobs in Maine

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s amendment to the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act.  Congressman Poliquin’s amendment clarifies that electric plants can be considered reliable without having to enter into supply contacts that are greater than one year. Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:


“I am very pleased my colleagues in the House supported my amendment to allow reliable and efficient energy producers to operate without arbitrary restraints from regulators,” said Congressman Poliquin.


“Low-cost, carbon-neutral biomass technology is transforming our communities in Maine.  As America’s wood basket, Maine is one of the primary producers of reliable biomass energy. 


“My amendment will create jobs for Mainers by giving the biomass and wood products industries in our State regulatory certainty. It ensures that all power sources are able to compete on a fair playing field—particularly biomass energy, which typically only can get supply for 12 months in advance—by revising the standard for all fuels so as to not favor one over the other.  It recognizes that some new and cleaner fuel sources, like biomass, are in more cyclical markets.


“In addition, this amendment will make affordable energy available for thousands by lifting burdensome regulations on clean and dependable American energy producers, specifically Maine’s quality biomass plants.”