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2 agencies to consider change to CMP transmission line plan

A proposed changed to the 145-mile transmission line would avoid a remote pond.

PORTLAND, Maine — Two state agencies have agreed to consider a proposed change to a 145-mile transmission line project in Maine to avoid a remote pond.

Central Maine Power proposed the amended route after the Land Use Planning Commission deadlocked over concerns about the pond near the Canadian border.

Both the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission agreed to reopen the case record on Thursday.

CMP's New England Clean Energy Connect would allow 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to reach the regional power grid to meet Massachusetts' green energy goals. Most of the transmission lines would use existing corridors, but it would require a new 54-mile path cut through woodlands.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission already gave its approval to the project.

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