The New England Clean Energy Connect would run from the Canadian border to Lewiston.
It would be a high voltage, direct current transmission line that would run 145 miles from Beattie Township, a small community on the Canadian border, to Lewiston, where it would connect to the New England electric grid. The line is expected to cost $950 million, which would be paid for by Massachusetts.
Most of the line would run overhead on 100-foot towers. It would, however, run under the Kennebec River between Moxie Gore and West Forks, a concession Central Maine Power made to residents worried about the impact a line over the river would have on the area’s scenery and tourism industry. The line would then run overhead to Lewiston, where CMP would build a $250 million conversion station.
Read the full article from Bangor Daily News here.
The magazine goes on to state that by 2040 renewable energies will produce almost half of all electricity worldwide. Further, as pointed out by the Acadia Center, $400 million was saved through the cancellation of proposed transmission line work as a result of sustained investment in energy efficiency in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Read the full article from the Concord Monitor here.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., was joined Friday by Connecticut’s Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz and Bill Dornbos, the state director of Acadia Center, in calling for action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Blumenthal, Katz and Dornbos spoke during a briefing at the state’s Legislative Office Building.
Dornbos said that one reason for the high transmission costs is that the forecasting of future needs for electricity is overestimated.
“There is a 20 percent over-estimation of future demand,” he said.
Dornbos said the concerns being raised by he, Katz and Blumenthal shouldn’t be seen as an attempt to weaken the regional electric grid.
“While you may need transmission upgrades from time to time, that doesn’t mean that you should give the utilities a blank check on the scope of the construction costs,” Dornbos said.
Read the full article from the New Haven Register here.