STATEWIDE – The state’s Rural Zoning Agency’s staff has concluded the proposed Central Maine Power Transmission Line meets land use regulations.
The staff recommendation comes ahead of a January 8 meeting of the land use planning commission, which tabled a previous discussion after a debate over a remote pond.
CMP later amended its proposal to avoid the pond at a cost of about $1 million.
Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect would allow up to 12,000 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to reach the regional power grid to meet Massachusetts’ green energy goals.
The controversial project has been in the works for more than a year.
Many residents in western parts of the state feel the project would damage a mostly-untouched part of Maine’s forest.