New England Clean Energy Connect

Michael G. Seamans / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

The public debate over Central Maine Power’s controversial power line project that would bring electricity from hydrodams in Quebec down to Massachusetts has mostly been focused on economics and on the potential environmental impact on Maine’s western forests.

Our Power, Their Pain: CMP's Timeline Woes

Dec 8, 2019

Despite years of permitting delays and hundreds of millions in unanticipated expenses, the proposed Central Maine Power transmission corridor is on-schedule and on-budget, according to the company.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an in-depth environmental review of the project.

Mal Leary / Maine Public File

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says she does not plan to get involved in a potential ballot campaign that could determine whether Central Maine Power (CMP) can build a controversial transmission line through Western Maine, even though she supports the project.

Say NO to NECEC Facebook

Opponents of Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line project through western Maine say the effort to put the issue on the 2020 ballot got a boost from yesterday's election.

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

Central Maine Power is gearing up to beat back a potential referendum on its controversial power line through western Maine.

Opponents of Central Maine Power's plan to build a major new power line through western Maine got the green light Friday to gather signatures for a statewide ballot question that could kill the project, which is formally known as the New England Clean Energy Connect. 

SERRA PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Maine Congressman Jared Golden is calling for public input and for greater transparency as the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers considers permits for Central Maine Power Company's (CMP) controversial transmission line through western Maine. Golden has written a strongly worded letter to the Corps asking for at least one public hearing and for past communications with federal environmental regulators about the project.

Previously undisclosed documents are calling attention to an essential question about Central Maine Power’s preferred route for its 141-mile power line through Maine’s western woods: Does the lease of state lands along the route require approval by two-thirds of the Legislature?

Yale Is A Key Player In The Planned CMP Corridor. Here's Why It Owns Maine Forestland.

Oct 6, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

If Central Maine Power can salvage its planned hydropower corridor through western Maine, it may have a new partner to thank: Yale University.

PORTLAND, Maine - Two state agencies have agreed to consider a proposed change to a 145-mile transmission line project in Maine to avoid a remote pond.

Courtesy Central Maine Power

PORTLAND, Maine - Central Maine Power wants to re-route its proposed electric transmission line to avoid remote Beattie Pond at a cost of nearly $1 million.

Say NO to NECEC Facebook group

Opponents of Central Maine Power’s proposed 145-mile power line through western Maine say they will start a petition drive to take the question to a statewide vote.

Fred Bever / Maine Public file

The Maine House of Representatives has given early approval to a pair of bills that could affect the construction of a controversial transmission line from northern Maine down to Massachusetts.

Joshua Heyer / Flickr/Creative Commons

A legislative committee gave tepid approval Wednesday to a measure that could effectively kill Central Maine Power's controversial proposal for a high-voltage transmission line through western Maine.

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