Major Projects

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New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC)

On May 11, 2020, the Commissioner of the Department conditionally approved the permit applications Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to construct the NECEC project (NECEC Order). On December 4, 2020, the Commissioner approved the application of CMP and NECEC Transmission LLC to partially transfer to NECEC Transmission LLC the NECEC Order.

Three appeals of the NECEC Order were timely filed with the Board of Environmental Protection by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, and the West Forks Group, a group of persons who intervened in the Department licensing proceeding. NRCM also filed a timely appeal of the December 2020 Transfer Order. The Board will consolidate and process NRCM's appeal of the December 2020 Transfer Order together with the three underlying appeals of the May 2020 NECEC Order.

On June 7, 2021, NRCM filed with the Board an appeal of the May 7, 2021, Order of the Commissioner of the Department conditionally approving a minor revision application of CMP and NECEC Transmission LLC (Minor Revision Order).  The Minor Revision Order approved specific revisions to the underlying NECEC Order. The licensees and persons who submitted written comment during the processing of the application associated with the Minor Revision Order are entitled to submit a written response to the merits of an appeal. For more information and direction regarding the filing of a response to the appeal of the Minor Revision Order appeal, please see the Chair's letter, dated June 10, 2021.

Record materials for the NECEC project may be viewed on re available on the Department's web page.

Nordic Aquafarms, Inc.

On June 20, 2019, the Board assumed licensing jurisdiction over Nordic Aquafarms' applications to construct and operate a land-based Atlantic salmon aquaculture facility on an approximately 54 acre site in Belfast.  Application materials and documents related to the processing of Nordic's applications are available on the Department's web page.