Schedule and Permitting

The permitting and development stage of the Maine Power Express is estimated to take approximately 1-1/2 to 2 years while the construction phase is estimated at 3 years. The target commercial operation date is late 2021/early 2022. 

MPX has worked with HDR and TRC to prepare a Permitting Overview Document for the extensive permits that will be required for the project. Much care will be taken to ensure the project has a minimal impact on the environment. The following is a list of the permits and agencies MPX will be working with to make sure the project addresses all concerns. 

Federal Permits

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • NEPA Environmental Impact Statement
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Consultation, regarding:
    • Endangered Species Act (NMFS and USFWS),
    • Marine Mammal Protection Act (NMFS),
    • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (NMFS), and
    • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (NMFS and USFWS).

Maine Permits

  • Public Utilities Commission 
  • Department of Environmental Protection, regarding:
    • Natural Resources Protection Act 
    • Site Location of Development
    • Water Quality Certificate
    • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
    • Construction General Permit
  • Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, regarding:
    • Submerged Lands Lease
    • Land Use Planning Commission
    • Maine Coastal Program
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Building Permit and Site Plan Review

Massachusetts Permits

  • Energy Facilities Siting Board
  • Environmental Policy Act
  • Department of Environmental Protection, regarding:
    • Chapter 91 Waterways License
    • Water Quality Certification
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Historical Commission
  • Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • Boston Building permit
  • Municipal Wetland Permit

Resource Effect Evaluation

  • Sediment/Soils
  • Water Quality
  • Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife Resources
  • Vegetation Resources
  • Threatened and Endangered Species
  • Transportation
  • Cultural and Heritage Resources
  • Land Use
  • Air Quality
  • Noise and Visual Resources