Experts recommend reducing size of CMP upgrade

Posted April 27, 2010, at 9:31 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Experts at the Maine Public Utilities Commission are recommending that Central Maine Power scale back plans to upgrade its high-voltage transmission system between Bangor and the New Hampshire border.

The experts say the utility should be allowed to upgrade the core of its high-voltage transmission system, but not various spurs around the state

The Portland Press Herald says the scaled-back approach could cut the project’s cost from $1.5 billion to $1 billion. It would save money while maintaining reliable electric service and accommodating development of renewable energy projects.

The report will help the PUC’s three members decide whether to approve CMP’s proposal.

The commissioners are due to consider the case next month.

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