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PUC to give a boost to renewable projects in northern Maine

State law required the PUC to begin planning for a transmission capacity of at least 345 kilovolts to connect northern Maine to the New England power grid.
Credit: NCM

State regulators have begun the process of collecting proposals for a high-voltage transmission line to serve as a conduit for renewable energy projects in northern Maine.  

State law required the Maine Public Utilities Commission to begin planning for a transmission capacity of at least 345 kilovolts to connect northern Maine to the New England power grid.

That process began Monday with a request for proposals issued by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. 

Those are due March 1. 

A second phase of the project calls for a request for proposals for renewable energy generation projects. Those are due May 1.