January 8, 2020

Positive decision in Maine: Land Use Planning Commission gives the New England Clean Energy Connect project the green light

Montréal, January 8, 2020 – Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) has granted certification to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) interconnection project.

Hydro-Québec is pleased with the decision. LUPC commissioners have determined that the NECEC meets a series of regulatory criteria, notably in terms of environment and recreational development. This certification is a prerequisite for a permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

"Other authorizations are required for this project but this is a step in the right direction" said Hydro-Québec CEO Éric Martel.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Maine Public Utilities Commission have already given the project the go-ahead.

Remaining authorizations required for the construction of the interconnection are:

  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • ISO New England, which oversees the operation of NE’s power system

Lynn St-Laurent
Media Relations
514 289-6638

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