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Maine EBT Standards Document

I.  Introduction:

The Maine Electronic Business Transaction (ME-EBT ) Working Group is a partnership among Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Utility Companies, Competitive Electricity Providers and other interested parties, established for the purpose of developing detailed business processes and defining electronic transactions necessary to support retail choice as of March 1, 2000 in accordance with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) rules and regulations.  

Maine legislation and rules use the term Competitive Electricity Provider in a confusing manner, at times meaning all providers including aggregators and brokers, and at other times excluding aggregators and brokers, including only those providers selling electricity directly to retail customers.  To avoid this confusion, the ME-EBT Working Group will use the term Competitive Electricity Supplier (CES) to mean any provider that sells electricity directly to retail customers.  

These standard transactions have been designed to meet the needs of Maine, considering regional standards and published Utility Industry Group (UIG) 4010 standards currently adopted.  This will allow Maine to remain flexible enough to accommodate the gradual adoption of regional and national standards.

These electronic standards have been developed by consensus, maintaining the objective of practical and operational results.  Recognizing that the processes outlined in this proposal are new to many stakeholders, the ME-EBT Working Group will work with the Maine Public Utilities Commission and all parties to resolve issues which are certain to arise during the implementation stage of these new protocols.  A plan for the continuation of the ME-EBT Working Group is included in Section X.

CES Implementation Considerations:

The following overview of the work required to implement EBT is provided as a guide for new market entrants.  The Working Group recognizes that each company’s implementation team will develop its actual implementation plan.  Implementing the EBT standards requires a significant effort.  EDI implementation and testing may involve weeks or months to complete and includes the following tasks:


Acquire a copy of the Maine EBT Implementation Guidelines (see Appendix C) and attend technical training.  The EDI translation software vendor may also need the Implementation Guidelines to map the Maine transactions to the translation software.


Select and install any required computer equipment and EDI translation software.  Assure that the translation software supports the required versions of the EDI transactions.  


Configure selected translation software to interpret the transactions sent and received by individual companies’ Customer and Billing systems. It must include the programming needed to acquire and match the appropriate time and date stamp to the

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