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"Say NO to 145-mile CMP transmission line through Maine" via Facebook

Opponents of Central Maine Power's (CMP) proposed 145-mile transmission line through Maine turned out in full force Friday morning in Augusta for a pre-hearing conference.

"Say NO to 145-mile CMP transmission line through Maine" via Facebook

Central Maine Power (CMP) says that it is ready to negotiate the terms of its bid to build and upgrade 145-miles of high-power transmission lines that would bring electricity from Canada's Hydro Quebec dam system to Massachusetts customers. The move comes as regulatory hearings in Maine and Massachusetts are ramping up, and as opposition may be growing more organized.

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Central Maine Power's proposal to bring a massive amount of electricity from Canada through western Maine to Massachusetts will lower electricity costs throughout the region, and ease winter-time price spikes as well; at least, that's the pitch Massachusetts officials are making to regulators there.

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A subsidiary of Central Maine Power's (CMP) parent company won the right Wednesday to negotiate a contract for what will be the nation's largest offshore wind project, off the Massachusetts coast.

Hydro Quebec has announced plans to team with Eversource, a major energy distribution company based in Massachusetts, to build a 1,000-megawatt transmission line to New England.

Maine Energy Office Director Patrick Woodcock says there are competing routes for the lines, which Maine Gov. Paul Lepage believes could benefit ratepayers.