Maine power upgrade on PUC agenda

Posted Sept. 30, 2009, at 3:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Parties that have an interest in Central Maine Power’s proposed $1.4 billion upgrade of its electrical transmission system are meeting in Augusta.

Wednesday’s conference with the Public Utilities Commission staff brings together a number of the 155 interveners in CMP’s case. Among them is GridSolar LLC, which is proposing solar generation facilities in communities throughout the CMP service territory. GridSolar says its plan is a better alternative to CMP’s upgrade and opposes the project.

CMP wants to build a new transmission line from central Maine to New Hampshire, doubling capacity of the grid’s backbone. It says upgrades should be made before 2012.

The interveners have met previously and the PUC plans formal hearings in February on CMP’s proposal.