PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Officials at Maine & Maritimes Corp. said that coming changes in the company’s administration will be key to developing connections to new energy markets within New England.
Maine & Maritimes is a subsidiary of Emera Inc. and the parent company of Maine Public Service Co., an electric transmission and distribution utility, which has roughly 36,000 customers in northern Maine.
Brent Boyles, the current president and CEO of MMC and MPS, will step down from his position effective June 15. He will assume the role of vice president of Maine business relations, Emera. Boyles’ primary focus will be on developing transmission connections to new energy markets within New England. His duties will include continuing with next steps needed to move the Maine Power Connection transmission line project forward and becoming more involved in government relations. He also will promote strategic developments to advance electrification throughout the state; and assist with development of the Northeast Energy Link proposal.
The Maine Power Connection is a proposal to build a new $625 million transmission line from central Maine to connect northern Maine to the New England electric grid.
The project would bring wind turbine projects online and close a 25-mile gap between the Maine Public Service system lines in Houlton and the Maine Electric Power Co. transmission line to southern and central Maine that passes through Haynesville.
Gerry Chasse, the president and Chief Operating Officer of Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., will become president and chief operating officer of MMC and MPS. Lois Smith has been appointed interim general manager of Maine Public Service and will continue directing the integration and alignment activities being conducted within the two utilities.
Boyles has 27 years of experience in the regulated electric utility industry, advancing through senior roles focused on corporate planning, regulatory compliance, rate design and operations. He is currently the deputy adjutant general and commander of the Maine Army National Guard.
“I am grateful to Brent for successfully leading Maine & Maritimes Corp. and Maine Public Service,” said Chasse. “Having worked closely with him during the acquisition, I can speak confidently about his skills, experience and team-based culture. As he assumes his new role, we will focus on bringing benefits of the merger to customers and profitable and sustainable growth of the business while bringing the benefits of Emera’s scale and assets in the Northeast to its ratepayers in Maine.”