New England Clean Energy Connect includes 1200MW transmission lineStaff Writer | March 29, 2018
Avangrid and its subsidiary Central Maine Power Company (CMP) confirmed that the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission project will advance as the sole clean energy solution in the Massachusetts.
Energy CMP proposed the $950 million NECEC
CMP proposed the $950 million NECEC in a joint bid with Hydro-Québec for a twenty-year contract to deliver renewable energy from Québec to the New England grid in response to the 83D Clean Energy RFP.
Massachusetts invited CMP to begin negotiations with the electric utilities in February as an alternate selection to ensure the state could meet the schedule in the 83D process.
The distribution companies require that all necessary agreements be finalized and executed as soon as possible, and will continue contract negotiations with the NECEC project to achieve this conclusion.
If acceptable contract terms for the NECEC proposal are agreed upon, those agreements are anticipated to be filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by the April 25, 2018 date stipulated in the 83D RFP.
The New England Clean Energy Connect includes a 1200 megawatt high-voltage direct current transmission line linking the electrical grids in Québec and New England.
Host communities in western Maine will see direct economic gains from the investment and share in the regional benefits of lower energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Maine county and municipal officials, business leaders, and policymakers have given strong support for the project.
CMP submitted applications for all state and federal permits in mid-2017.
The company expects to receive state approvals later this year and final federal permits in early 2019. ■