STATEWIDE (WGME) – Supporters of the controversial New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line have announced a new statewide advertising campaign.
NECEC officials said the ads will feature Mainers showing their excitement about the project.
If approved, the line would cut through Maine’s western woods to bring hydropower from Canada to New England.
Supporters say it will bring much-needed clean energy to the region, while opponents say the new ads are propaganda.
“We’re happy that Mainers are wanting to come forward to talk about the project, talk about the things that are import for them, for their children. And it really goes well with the governor’s most recent radio address where she set new targets for clean energy goals — goals that this project will help achieve,” said Avangrid Networks Vice President of Business Development Thorn Dickenson.
Sandra Howard, director of Say No to NECEC, disagreed.
“I think CMP’s propaganda would bring the public to try to believe it’s a done deal and I think that’s what’s got so many Maine residents fired up. Because there are several permits that are still ongoing with the review process,” Howard said.
The controversial transmission line project still needs permitting approval from a number of state agencies before it can move forward.