In August 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Relative to Energy Diversity. The law requires utilities to competitively solicit proposals for 9.45 terawatt hours of clean energy generation from diverse sources, including firm hydropower and onshore wind supported by firm hydropower.
Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) will save Massachusetts and Maine consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year by harnessing Canadian hydropower and wind resources and transmitting clean energy into the New England grid. Central Maine Power proposed this project in response to Governor Baker’s initiative to reduce energy costs, enhance reliability and contribute to the state’s greenhouse gas reduction requirements.
The NECEC is New England’s most affordable solution to meet its clean energy goals. It provides the region’s most direct link to Québec’s vast clean energy resources with minimal impact to communities and the environment. Central Maine Power is one of the region’s largest utilities and a proven, experienced leader in building a stronger, smarter grid.
NECEC is the shortest of all identified paths from Québec and uses an existing transmission corridor for nearly two thirds its length to minimize scenic, community, and environmental impacts.
FULL SITE CONTROL
Central Maine Power owns all the property rights to build the project.
NECEC interconnects at one of the newest, most modern and strongest points in the New England energy system. Click here to read more about CMP's upgrade to its bulk transmission system.
NECEC’s many advantages help keep costs far lower than comparable projects.
Through careful siting and stakeholder engagement, NECEC has earned the support of the Maine governor, business leaders, associations, and communities along the project route.
A COMMITMENT TO CLEAN
NECEC offers the best solution to move Massachusetts towards its goals for cleaner air, reducing carbon emissions annually by 3.1 million metric tons in the Commonwealth – the equivalent of taking 660,000 cars off the road. Click here to learn more about our work to make clean power you can feel good about.
STABLE ELECTRIC RATES.
Hydropower provides year-round energy to reduce price spikes when demand for electricity peaks.