New England: important authorization for Hydro-Quebec

The Hydro-Quebec interconnection project, which, via Maine, will supply the New England network and supply Massachusetts, has just obtained a major authorization.

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The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued it the federal environmental permit for the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line project.

This electrical transmission line is to deliver 1,200 megawatts of electricity from Quebec to New England via Lewiston, Maine.

“The NECEC project has once again proved its worth in front of a panel of experts,” commented Hydro-Québec CEO Sophie Brochu. With this approval, Maine and New England as a whole take one step closer to a clean, renewable energy supply. “

Obtaining the permit from the Corps of engineers paves the way for the launch of construction work in Maine by Hydro-Québec’s partner, Central Maine Power.

To carry out all the work related to the new interconnection on the American side, Central Maine Power must also receive the approval of the United States Department of Energy, as well as the permits of certain municipal authorities in Maine.

For its part, Hydro-Quebec must notably obtain the approval of the Government of Quebec and the Régie de l’énergie du Canada before starting construction of the interconnection line in Quebec.

The New England Clean Energy Connect power line project is the largest renewable energy project in New England today. So far, it has met all the requirements set by the American authorities having jurisdiction in the matter.

In addition to the approval of the Corps of Engineers, he received that of the Maine Public Services Commission (May 2019), Massachusetts Department of Public Services (June 2019), the Maine Planning Commission (January 2020) and Maine Department of Environmental Protection (May 2020).

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