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New Transmission Line 

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

Commission.