New England Clean Energy Connect

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says a ballot measure that backers hope would kill Central Maine Power’s proposed power line through the state’s western woods may well be unconstitutional. But he also says it should stay on the ballot.

Serra Public Affairs

Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed powerline through the state's western woods are lining up to formally challenge the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) recent permit for the project.

Stop the Corridor

The state's ethics Commission Friday broadened its investigation of a dark-money group that has been working against Central Maine Power's proposed powerline through western Maine.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public File

The company that owns Central Maine Power (CMP) is suing the state of Maine in Cumberland County Superior Court. Avangrid Networks, Inc., is saying that a referendum question that would ask voters if they want to overturn the approval of the company's billion dollar hydropower transmission line through the western Maine woods is unconstitutional.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission signed off today on vital land use permits Central Maine Power needs for its proposed 151-mile power line through western Maine.


The state's highest court has ruled that Maine voters will have their say on Central Maine Power's proposed billion-dollar powerline through western Maine in November.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Supreme Court says it will rule "expeditiously" on disputed petitions needed to proceed with a November referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor project.

Supporters of a proposed $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor in western Maine are appealing to the state Supreme Judicial Court over the validation of petitions to put the project to a statewide vote in November.

The secretary of state rejected some of the signatures but found that there were enough to surpass the ballot threshold by 3,050 signatures. The appeal contends the secretary of state misinterpreted state law in allowing some signatures that should've been invalidated.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Central Maine Power and Canada’s Hydro-Quebec spent more than $7 million in the first quarter of the year opposing a prospective referendum that could scuttle a controversial transmission project through western Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Central Maine Power's New England Clean Energy Connect has awarded more than $300 million in contracts to upgrade transmission lines and clear land.

Maine's top election official has invalidated hundreds more signatures that were collected to force a referendum on a hydropower transmission corridor.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of utility regulators' approval of a 145-mile power transmission corridor in western Maine that would serve as a conduit for hydropower from Canada.

Fred Bever / Maine Public File

Staff at Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Friday afternoon released a draft permit for Central Maine Power’s controversial powerline through western Maine.

Maine Public File

Opponents of a controversial transmission line are condemning a Central Maine Power political action committee for hiring a private investigator to monitor their efforts to scuttle the project via ballot initiative.

Courtesy Central Maine Power

The Maine Legislature will consider an emergency bill that could prohibit Hydro-Quebec from spending money to influence a potential referendum on a controversial powerline project running through western Maine.