Baldacci touts Northeast Energy Corridor

Posted March 28, 2009, at 2:17 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says Irving Oil is serving as the catalyst for a Northeast Energy Corridor connecting Maine and New Brunswick. Baldacci says Irving’s willingness to invest has moved the project closer to reality.

In his weekly radio address, Baldacci reinforced the message of cooperation that he and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham put forth earlier in the week.

Baldacci says Maine can serve as a hub to markets in southern New England that are hungry for clean, renewable electricity.

A first phase could include more than 1,000 megawatts of electrical transmission capacity with a natural gas-fired co-generation plant in Saint John. That’s more energy than was produced by the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant when it was in operation.

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