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Avangrid subsidiary selected to deliver 1.2GW New England transmission project

CTBR Staff Writer Published 29 March 2018

Avangrid stated that its subsidiary Central Maine Power (CMP) has been selected to deliver the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission project.

The NECEC project has been selected as the sole clean energy solution in the Massachusetts Green Communities Act Section 83D RFP for long-term contracts for clean energy projects.

It was chosen following the termination of the conditional selection of the Northern Pass Transmission proposal by the Massachusetts electric distribution companies.

The NECEC project includes 1.2GW high voltage direct current transmission line that links electrical grids in Québec and New England.

Avangrid CEO James P. Torgerson said: “The NECEC will supply renewable energy to Massachusetts for twenty years, and it will continue to deliver benefits for New England consumers for decades beyond.

"It is another example of how the Avangrid companies are providing effective solutions to the region’s complex energy challenges. We are committed to investing in clean energy infrastructure, and delivering on the promise of the NECEC proposal.”

State approvals for the project are expected to receive later this year, with the final federal permits in early next year.

In response to the 83D Clean Energy RFP, CMP had put up a joint-bid with Hydro-Québec for the $950m NECEC project to deliver renewable energy from Québec to the New England grid for a twenty-year period.

Central Maine Power president and CEO Doug Herling said: “Our applications for state and federal permits continue to move forward with the strong support of communities and stakeholders in Maine.

“We believe the NECEC is a cost-effective response to Massachusetts’ needs. CMP has successfully built other large scale projects here in our home state, so we’re confident we can meet our commitments to the Commonwealth.”

As a major Maine’s electricity transmission and distribution utility, CMP serves 619,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s customer base.

Image: The 1.2GW transmission project is expected to deliver economic benefits for Maine community for 20 years. Photo: Courtesy: Matthew Bowden/FreeImages.com.