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Maine transmission line is stalled despite court victories

Benjamin Storrow of E&E News talks about the permitting challenges that clean energy is facing.

The C3 Take
  • The New England Clean Energy Connect, which will connect a hydroelectric dam in Canada to New England’s power grid, has recently received approval to begin construction after years of permitting battles and litigation.
  • Despite Maine’s state supreme court ruling in favor of the project, the approved permits could be revoked again, which is giving uncertainty to the developer.
  • The cost of the project has also increased due to the regulatory roadblocks that the developer had to face.
  • In order to build out clean energy infrastructure, the government must modernize the U.S.’ permitting process.

“The 146-mile transmission line, known as NECEC, is supplied by hydroelectric dams that have prompted concerns among environmentalists for their land-use impacts. But the project is a pillar of New England’s attempts to green its power supplies by reducing the region’s reliance on natural gas and slashing its carbon dioxide emissions.”

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