Montréal, April 11, 2019
Exporting Hydro-Québec energy to MassachusettsTransmission project obtains a key authorization in Maine
Maine’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) gave the green light to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project. This project consists in the construction of a transmission line to send Hydro-Québec’s energy to Massachusetts under agreements signed with the state’s electric distribution companies.
In a 3-0 vote, the PUC’s commissioners chose to issue the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, concluding the project will generate significant benefits for the state of Maine. They also highlighted NECEC’s environmental advantages, since the energy transmitted over the line would help reduce the burning of fossil fuels in the region.
"This is an important milestone," says Éric Martel, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec. “After a thorough analysis, the Commission’s decision recognizes the project’s benefits, both economic and environmental.”
Other authorizations required for the NECEC include one from Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Presidential Permit from the United States Department of Energy.
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