Mills Administration Statement on PUC’s Approval of Northern Maine Renewable Energy Projects

“We applaud the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s Approval of the new transmission line and 1,000-megawatt wind project in Northern Maine, which are the result of legislation signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills and proposed by Sen. Troy Jackson,” said Dan Burgess, Director of the Governor’s Energy Office. “With Maine households and businesses facing high energy costs due to New England’s overreliance on expensive, imported natural gas to generate our electricity, these projects are poised to deliver new renewable energy to the region that will reduce our dependence on volatile fossil fuels and deliver significant new job and economic opportunities to communities in Northern Maine. We are pleased Massachusetts has agreed to share 40% of the cost of these projects, as regional coordination to advance renewable energy solutions is critical. We look forward to further discussions with the Legislature, PUC, and others as this project moves ahead, to demonstrate Maine’s commitment to a clean, affordable, reliable energy future.“