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maine power reliability program

Central Maine Power is investing $1.4 billion to modernize our 40-year-old bulk power system. The proposed improvements are designed to keep the system operating reliably over the coming decades and to provide the infrastructure for the state’s emerging wind, hydro, biomas, and tidal energy industries.

The Maine Power Reliability Program will add to the company’s network of substations and transmission lines that stretch from the town of Eliot on the New Hampshire border to Orrington, where it connects to transmission lines from northern and eastern Maine. The four-year construction project is expected to create an average of 2,100 jobs per year and inject more than $1 billion in spending into the region’s economy.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved the Maine Power Reliability program in 2010. The project also received approvals from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and approximately 80 local governments and other agencies. The company began construction in 2010 and expects to complete the project in 2015.

Publicly available documents filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission can be reviewed on the Virtual Case File on the MPUC website (Docket No. 2008-255).