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Energy Panel Accepting Letters of Interest for New Energy Project

October 9, 2012

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Contact: Ken Fletcher (207) 624-7405

Panel ready to consider use of state-owned right-of-way for energy transmission

AUGUSTA – Today, Ken Fletcher, Director of the Governor’s Energy Office, announced that the Energy Infrastructure Interagency Review Panel (IRP) is accepting Letters of Intent for the possible use of state-owned I-95 and I-295 as corridors for transmitting electricity.

By law, those wishing to receive the project must prove that the project will not impede in-state electricity generation, and also demonstrate that it will lower electricity rates and energy costs for Maine consumers. Project proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis, so anyone wishing to receive this project is encouraged to submit an application to the IRP as soon as possible.

“This energy project has great potential for the people of Maine. Since the project uses existing right-of-ways owned by the state, we can effectively develop an electricity infrastructure and reduce energy costs for Mainers” without impeding on them,” said Fletcher.

The primary responsibility of the IRP is to evaluate proposals to ensure they fit the scope and criteria of the project, and ultimately select a proposal in the best interest of the Maine ratepayer. The Panel is comprised of Kenneth Fletcher, Sawin Millett, Commissioner of the Department Administrative and Financial Services, Bruce VanNote, Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation, as well as four appointed members of the Public, Barbara Alexander, Timothy Agnew, Harrison Horning, and Fenwick Fowler.

Information on the proposal and evaluation processes can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/energy/initiatives/review-panel.shtml

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