Check this page for the next steps in the New England Clean Energy Connect permitting process, and the latest information about public agency meetings and opportunities for public comment.
MAINE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (MPUC)
NECEC’s petition requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity (CPCN) was filed in September, 2017. The NECEC hearings commenced with Public Witness Hearings on September 14 and October 17, in which supporters and opponents voiced their arguments in support of or against the project in 6-hour public sessions. Throughout the proceedings, CMP has responded to multiple information requests and the final hearing was held on January 11, 2019. A Settlement Agreement was reached with several interveners and was filed on February 21, 2019. For more information on the CPCN Request for Approval, please visit MPUC's website here
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Support for the project is critical, we need you to express your support for the project to the Commission and let them know that you support the NECEC project because it will create:
Lower and more stable electricity prices for Maine businesses and property owners.
Lower levels of greenhouse gases in Maine. In terms of carbon reduction, the project will reduce the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions created by 57,000 cars in Maine, with a total reduction of 3.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions in New England.
New annual tax revenue for host communities valued at $18 million.
New 1,200 MW supply of clean electricity at NO COST to Maine customers.
Reduced regional reliance on natural gas electricity generation and protection against electricity price spikes that are tied to natural gas capacity constraints during extreme winter weather.
New local investments in broadband communications technology and education.
MAINE LAND USE PLANNING COMMISSION (MLUPC)
The LUPC Third Procedural Order issued on February 5, 2019, established April 1 through April 5, 2019 as the joint LUPC/MDEP hearing dates, established the University of Maine at Farmington as the hearing venue, and provided other hearing details. For all project documents related to the Maine Land Use Planning Commission’s review of the NECEC Project application, please visit LUPC’s website here.
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (MDEP)
A Site Location of Development Act and Natural Resources Protection Act permit application was filed with the MDEP in September 2017. Joint agency pre-hearing conferences took place on September 7, 2018 and January 17, 2019. The hearing is expected to occur in April 2019.The MDEP Third Procedural Order issued on February 5, 2019 established April 1 through April 5, 2019 as the joint LUPC/MDEP hearing dates, established the University of Maine at Farmington as the hearing venue, and provided other hearing details.
For all project documents related to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s review of the NECEC Project application, please visit MDEP’s website here.