Today's Poll
The Maine Public Utilities Commission will decide by early April whether to approve Central Maine Power's controversial $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect project. In a negotiated settlement announced on Feb. 21, CMP stipulated it would provide a number of financial, public and environmental benefits to the state above and beyond the $40 million in annual wholesale energy cost savings that's expected over the 20-year renewable power contract that CMP and its partner, Hydro-Quebec, have with Massachusetts. Parties signing off on CMP's stipulation include the Governor's Energy Office; Office of the Public Advocate; Conservation Law Foundation; Acadia Center; Industrial Energy Consumers Group; Maine State Chamber of Commerce; Western Mountains and Rivers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and the city of Lewiston. Opponents, however, say the proposed 145-mile transmission line through western Maine would ravish “Maine's iconic woods, fisheries, wildlife, tourism and brand,” as Caratunk's selectmen wrote in urging PUC to reject the project. Several independent power generators, the Maine Renewable Energy Association and Natural Resources Council of Maine are among the parties opposing CMP's proposal. The three-member PUC has stated its decision would be based on whether CMP's negotiated agreement represents a broad range of interests, meets legislative mandates, was reached through a fair process and would benefit the public.

Should the Maine Public Utilities Commission approve CMP’s proposed 145-mile power line?

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