December 8, 2022
  • December 8, 2022

Request refused to continue work on the CMP transmission corridor

By on October 21, 2022 0

A state judge on Friday denied a request that would have allowed construction to resume on Central Maine Power Co.’s blocked power transmission line through western Maine.

On Wednesday, a lawyer for the New England Clean Energy Connect project asked for an injunction to block the application of the November 2021 referendum which interrupted the works. “It’s reaching a tipping point” where the $1.4 billion project no longer makes economic sense, John Aromando told Business and Consumer Court Judge Michael A. Duddy.

But on Friday afternoon, Duddy rejected the request, writing in his three-page order: “Although the requesters have warned of an impending tipping point, after which completion of the project will no longer be possible, the requesters have not argued that the tipping point will occur while this case is being argued in trial court.

“This case is currently on the fast track for trial in April 2023 and a speedy trial court decision thereafter. At this stage, the applicants will prevail and can resume construction of the project or not. »

Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled in August that the voters’ initiative to ban construction of the power line was unconstitutional – if NECEC can convince the courts that it has done enough work on the project to have won “grandfathered” to continue. This will be argued in Duddy’s courtroom in April.

Aromando had said that the utilities and taxpayers of Massachusetts, who pay for the transmission line, would lose patience and could halt the work. The line would carry electricity from Canada to a substation in Lewiston, where it would connect to the New England power grid and go to customers in Massachusetts.

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