An article posted yesterday in the New Hampshire Union Leader (link), provides an interesting perspective on what it takes to successfully develop a transmission project in New England. The US DOE issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Clean Power Link, a project under development by MPX partner, Transmission Developers, Inc. The key take-aways are:

  • New England needs new sources of electricity due to pending closures of older plants
  • Transmission is likely required to achieve this
  • Public support for a project from day one is important
  • Underground transmission projects, while often more expensive, appear easier to permit
  • The public prefers the visual and environmental advantages of underground transmission

The Maine Power Express is a proposed 1000MW underground/underwater transmission line designed to deliver clean, renewable energy from northern Maine and Canada to the New England Market. As the New England Clean Energy RFP is being refined, we are continuing the development of this project to resolve the north-south transmission constraints, lower greenhouse gas emissions and bring new, renewable energy generation to New England.