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Maine regulators to decide by March on key powerline permit

November 3, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine utility regulators are delaying until March their decision on whether to grant Central Maine Power a key permit needed to build a 145-mile transmission corridor that would carry electricity from Quebec to southern New England.

In a Friday ruling, the Maine Public Utilities Commission said that it expects to extend the time for research, testimony and hearings into January, with a date of March 1 to wrap up the information-gathering aspect of the permit process.

The commission is considering whether to award a certificate of public conveyance and necessity to CMP, a necessary component of the utility’s plan to deliver hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts.

Centralmaine.com reports the $1 billion proposal has 300 separate filings and public comments.