Central Maine Power Co. is considering a $1
billion project that includes building a 200-mile, 345-kilovolt
transmission line that would run alongside its existing
345-kilovolt line from Orrington to Newington, N.H.
Federal, state and local approvals would be needed.
In January, CMP completed a yearlong study of the region’s power
needs and electrical infrastructure. CMP spokesman John Carroll
said a new line is needed to keep the system reliable as the
company faces a growing market.
CMP is surveying property to determine suitability for the
project and in some cases providing homeowners with information
about the possible purchases of rights of way, easements or land.
CMP also has commissioned a study of alternatives, such as
energy conservation and new generation sources.
The utility hopes to complete its assessments by late spring and
submit studies and applications to the Maine Public Utilities