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Mainers Block Bay Staters From Getting Clean Hydropower From Quebec

November 3, 2021

The voters of Maine spoke — and they denied the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the opportunity to get a low-carbon renewable energy source from Canada.

Mainers voted 60 percent to 40 percent on Tuesday, November 2 to reject allowing 53 more miles of a 145-mile conduit to be built in the woods of Maine so that it could reach the Canadian border. The project would have allowed the New England Clean Energy Connect to supply New England’s power grid with up to 1,200 megawatts of Canadian power.

Incumbent Democratic governor Janet Mills and former Republican governor Paul LePage both supported the project, but support and opposition to the project didn’t fall neatly along ideological lines, observers say.

Some environmentalists said the project would be environmentally destructive to the state’s existing woodlands — and fossil fuel plant owners opposed the measure because they don’t want the competition, as New England Cable News points out.


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