New England Clean Energy Procurement-
Maine Transmission Proposals
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A consortium of New England states and electric utilities issued a joint RFP to identify projects that will advance New England clean energy goals and received 24 bids for large solar, wind, fuel cell and hydro generation and transmission projects. The proposals total several thousand megawatts across the Northeast. Winning bids will be chosen this spring, potentially resulting in power purchase agreements (PPAs) before the end of the year.
E2Tech has invited companies submitting complex transmission plans to break down their projects’ scale and scope, including infrastructure upgrades, investment opportunities, environmental benefits, and energy capacity.
These projects will necessitate investment in new transmission lines and substations. And, ratepayers in other states may bear the costs – a key point for Maine policymakers – while providing price stability and energy diversity across the grid.
This is a timely forum on potentially the largest renewable energy projects in Maine.
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