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MPUC Approves Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity For the New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Line

April 11, 2019

Hallowell, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) voted unanimously today to approve Central Maine Power Company's Petition for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the New England Clean Energy Connect Project (NECEC) proposed transmission line.

"This project has significant benefits for the people of Maine" stated Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy. The CPCN application meets all the statutory requirements and is in the public interest. In addition to important enhancements to Maines electric system reliability, 1,200 MW of hydroelectric generation injected into the New England region should help to partially mitigate ongoing fuel security concerns in Maine and the region, stated Vannoy. The economic benefits to Maine are very real and substantial said Commissioner Bruce Williamson, including energy market and capacity market effects. This reduces electricity costs to Maine energy users and has benefits for plans to electrify other sectors of the economy. As Maines appetite for variable generation from solar and wind surges, NECECs hydro is the perfect complement with twenty-four by seven base load capability said Commissioner Randall Davis. In addition, the Commissioners noted that the provisions of the NECEC Stipulation augment the benefits that will be realized by Maine through funding mechanisms and programs to provide rate relief to Maine ratepayers, benefits for Maines low-income customers, and support for a variety of other programs that benefit Maine communities and the environment.

During todays deliberations, the Commissioners acknowledged that the project came with some challenges for Maine. The project may impact scenic and recreational values, as well as tourism in the communities in proximity to the project. However, when these issues are balanced against the ratepayer, economic, and environmental benefits of the NECEC, the Commission determined that the adverse effects are outweighed by the significant benefits.

Background: On September 27, 2017 Central Maine Power Companys filed for a CPCN for the NECEC, a 145-mile 1,200 MW transmission project from the Qubec-Maine Border to Lewiston. The Commission conducted a comprehensive and thorough review of all the facts in the CPCN adjudicatory proceedings.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.


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