Montréal, January 28, 2022

Press Release

Update on the Appalaches–Maine interconnection project

Given the results of the referendum held in Maine in November 2021 on the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project, Hydro-Québec’s U.S. partner has suspended construction in the United States at the request of Maine’s Governor Mills.

In Québec, the overall Appalaches–Maine interconnection project has slowed down, although some work, such as engineering, is still under way. Hydro-Québec has put clearing work and the building of access roads on hold.

Hydro-Québec and its U.S. partner filed a motion for declaratory judgment with the courts of Maine in order to allow the project to move forward and to have the new law resulting from the referendum initiative declared unconstitutional.

A ruling is expected in the summer, and we are hopeful that work on this important clean energy project will quickly resume thereafter. Hydro-Québec remains convinced of the NECEC’s value, merits and importance.  


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