Central Maine Power

A town near the Canadian border and a group of sport hunters are raising questions about a plan to build a 145-mile transmission line through the state of Maine.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM) is rescinding its support for Central Maine Power's controversial transmission project proposed for western Maine.

Environmental regulators in Maine say a power company's application to build a 145-mile transmission line through the state is not complete.

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Many in Maine's energy industry are cheering the election of Janet Mills to the office of governor, as well as a Democratic takeover of the Legislature. Renewable energy advocates are perhaps the loudest, after contending with numerous roadblocks outgoing Governor Paul LePage put in the sector's way during his tenure.

About 3,700 homes and businesses are still without electric service as of about 11 o'clock this morning in the wake of high winds Saturday.

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A decision on a key permit for Central Maine Power's (CMP) controversial western Maine transmission project will be delayed by three months.


Some supporters of Central Maine Power’s billion dollar transmission project are looking to Canada's Hydro Quebec to shore up prospects for a key permit in Maine. They want the Canadian utility to contribute cash to benefit Maine electricity consumers. Governor Paul LePage's administration may be pushing Hydro-Quebec on the point, although details of the effort are murky.

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State regulators Friday suspended hearings on Central Maine Power's (CMP) proposal to build a 145-mile high-voltage transmission line in western Maine. The move comes after project opponents complained that CMP had overwhelmed them with a last-minute "document dump" too big to wade through within the allotted time.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Some snowmobilers and hunters in Maine are raising their voices against the high-voltage transmission line that Central Maine Power wants to string through western Maine in order to bring electricity to Massachusetts. The Maine Snowmobilers Association (MSA) is contending with dissent in its ranks, while the Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine is reconsidering its initial endorsement of the project.

Gov. Paul LePage’s office confirms that, before heading to Iceland for a trade mission, he traveled to Spain for a previously unannounced meeting with leaders of the company that owns Central Maine Power.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Central Maine Power (CMP) is backing off its proposal to string high-voltage transmission lines over the scenic Kennebec River Gorge. CMP now says that it wants to build a tunnel under the gorge, as part of its $950 million project to bring hydro-electricity from Canada to Massachusetts.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Wednesday evening, the state's Public Utilities Commission will take testimony in its final general public hearing on Central Maine Power's plan to construct a major new transmission line through the state.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The state Public Utilities Commission held its third and final public witness hearing Wednesday night on Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line through western Maine. Opponents outnumbered supporters and the two camps held widely divergent views on whether the project would hurt
or help Maine's economy and environment.

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Maine's candidates for governor are voicing varying degrees of skepticism about Central Maine Power's plan to build a major transmission corridor from Canada through Maine — though that doesn't necessarily mean the candidates are against it.

Maine electric companies have dramatically reduced the number of outages caused by heavy winds blowing trees and limbs down on power lines, but some Mainers won't get their lights back until tomorrow.