Work resumes on energy line via Maine to convey Quebec hydro-power onto New England grid


PORTLAND, Maine — Staff are putting in tons of of utility poles and stringing energy traces on them as building proceeds on a much-delayed undertaking to convey Canadian hydropower-generated electrical energy to 1 million properties in New England.

A report filed with state regulators this week signifies that building crews have erected 441 poles for the 145-mile  line, with wires put in on 178 of them, and that progress is being made different elements of the New England Clear Power Join, which has been tormented by delays, litigation and a referendum through which Maine voters rejected it.

Avangrid, which partnered with Hydro Quebec on the undertaking, expects it to be accomplished by late subsequent 12 months. Avangrid, guardian of Central Maine Energy, declined to remark when reached.

The price of the undertaking grew from $1 billion to no less than $1.5 billion due to inflation and delays brought on by opponents, requiring the Massachusetts Legislature to provide its approval for a lot of the extra prices to be handed on to ratepayers. Negotiations are persevering with in Massachusetts on how the added prices will probably be divvied up.

Supporters of the undertaking say the 1,200 megawatts of electrical energy it supplies would decrease charges throughout the area and scale back carbon air pollution. Critics contend that it’ll destroy woodlands and fail to ship on promised environmental advantages.

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