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Embattled Maine power line foreshadows U.S. climate obstacles

Benjamin Storrow of E&E News reports on a power line in Maine that would deliver clean energy to the state.

The C3 Take
  • Maine’s highest court has reversed a referendum vote that halted the construction of a transmission line that would bring clean energy from Canada to New England.
  • The transmission line, which would be essential for helping the the region to accomplish its climate objectives, has faced local backlash due in part to mistrust of Maine’s utilities and concerns over the environmental impact of its construction.
  • Maine’s power line foreshadows the challenges that the U.S. will face in the years ahead in expanding its clean energy capacity.

“Experts say new transmission is needed not only to connect clean energy projects to the grid, but to ship electricity back and forth across regions to accommodate fluctuations in renewable output. When the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine mapped out a pathway to net-zero emissions by midcentury last year, it estimated the U.S. needs a 60 percent increase in transmission capacity by 2030 to connect and distribute future clean energy resources like wind and solar.”

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