October 23, 2019
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CMP wants to re-route portion of controversial transmission corridor

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Attean Pond is seen from a roadside rest area in Jackman, May 28, 2019. Central Maine Power's controversial hydropower transmission corridor would in the vicinity of this view. It would extend 53 miles from the Canadian border into Maine's North Woods. CMP would clear a 150-foot swath of land 7 to 12 miles from this viewpoint.

Central Maine Power wants to re-route its proposed electric transmission line to avoid a remote pond at a cost of nearly $1 million.

CMP on Wednesday asked to amend its application to remove a potential obstacle posed by the transmission line crossing Beattie Pond near the Canadian border that caused the Land Use Planning Commission to deadlock a week ago. The company obtained a mile-long, 150-foot-wide easement to make the change possible.

[Franklin County town overwhelmingly rejects CMP’s proposed transmission line]

The Portland Press Herald reports that CMP said in a regulatory filing that the change will increase the project’s cost by $950,000.

CMP’s New England Clean Energy Connect would allow 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to reach the power grid to meet Massachusetts’ green energy goals.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved the project. But the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Land Use Planning Commission have yet to vote.



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