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A Maine congressman has joined the opponents of New England Clean Energy Connect, the transmission project being built by Central Maine Power parent Avangrid to transport hydropower generated by Hydro-Québec from the Canadian border to southern Maine, where it would be fed into the New England power grid for use by Massachusetts consumers.

U.S. Rep. Jared Golden has asked the Department of Energy to reevaluate the presidential permit it granted the NECEC on the grounds that the DOE "reneged" on a commitment to hold a 30-day public comment period on the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. A presidential permit is required for any project that transports energy across international borders into or out of the U.S.

Work on the most controversial part of the NECEC, which involves cutting a new corridor for it through 53 miles of forest being logged for timber in western Maine, is being held up by a lawsuit, but Avangrid has started work on the project elsewhere. Video of that work can be seen in the story to which I linked.

 

 

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