Maine Senate Backs Climate Impact Study For CMP Transmission Project
The Maine Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure Thursday that would require a new analysis of the purported greenhouse gas reductions associated with Central Maine Power's (CMP) proposal to bring hydro-electricity from Canada to New England.
Staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission is recommending approval of Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through western Maine. In a long-awaited “Examiner’s Report,” the Commission’s analysts said the controversial project “is in the public interest.”
As Opposition Mounts, Maine Lawmakers Consider Measures To Stall CMP Project
Staffers at the Maine Public Utilities Commission are scheduled to issue a preliminary opinion Friday on whether Central Maine Power should get a permit to build a transmission line from the state’s western border with Canada to Lewiston. And on Monday, environmental regulators will open public hearings on the project.
As state regulators work through permitting decisions for Central Maine Power’s proposed western Maine transmission line, numerous debates are emerging over whether the project will, in the long run, harm or help the environment.
The debate over Central Maine Power’s proposed billion-dollar transmission project is about more than just money. It’s also about threats to scenic vistas, wildlife habitat and backwoods culture, and whether all of that should take a back seat to what some see as the most urgent challenge of the day — fighting climate change.
Central Maine Power’s proposal to run a high-voltage transmission line 141 miles from western Maine to Lewiston has become a flash point in the region. Big issues are in play, from global climate change to New England’s energy landscape and outdoors economy.
Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect is a proposed 145-mile high-voltage direct current transmission line from Beattie Township on the Canada border to an existing interchange in Lewiston. That includes roughly 90 miles alongside lines already in an existing corridor between Lewiston and Caratunk, and cutting 53 miles of entirely new corridor from Caratunk north and west to Quebec Province.
Central Maine Power’s proposal to run a new high-voltage transmission line through western Maine seems to grow more controversial every day. Maine Public Radio takes a broad look at why in the weeklong series “Power Struggle In The Maine Woods.”
Dozens of opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line to provide Quebec hydropower to Massachusetts rallied at the State House today Friday and urged legislators to approve a bill that would assess the project's impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.