Maine regulators set power line project hearings

AP News
Posted: Nov 19, 2009 1:27 PM

Maine utility regulators have set dates for another round of public hearings on Central Maine Power's $1.5 billion plan to expand its transmission network.

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a second set of hearings on Dec. 3 in Gorham and Dec. 10 in South China. The hearings are to record citizen views on the project.

The first two sessions were held in November 2008 in Waterville and Lewiston.

CMP, a subsidiary of Energy East Corp., needs the PUC's approval for new construction and reconstruction of about 350 miles of 345 and 115 kilovolt transmission lines and several substations throughout Maine.

PUC Chair Sharon Reishus said the commission must decide whether the project is in the interest of ratepayers.