PORTLAND (AP) — A new referendum drive aimed at stopping a 145-mile hydropower transmission corridor in western Maine is underway.
The Maine secretary of state on Friday provided the paperwork necessary for signature collection to begin, and referendum supporters plan to be at polling places with petitions on Election Day.
Opponents previously collected enough signatures for a “People’s Veto” referendum, but it was found to be unconstitutional.
The new referendum would mandate legislative approval of transmission lines longer than 50 miles and ban high-impact transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec region.
Central Maine Power’s $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect aims aims to serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower to reach New England.