Title

"Focus on Energy & Utilities" piece on a proposal before the Maine Public Utilit

Authors

Sara Donnelly

Source

Mainebiz

Date

9-8-2008

Pages

32-35

Abstract

"Focus on Energy & Utilities" piece on a proposal before the Maine Public Utilities Commission to withdraw the state from ISO New England Inc. Maine could then direct its own electric energy consumption and expansion or link with the Canadian Maritimes. Central Maine Power Co. says ISO members will help pay for CMP's proposed $2 billion transmission lines upgrade, just as Maine has helped pay for member states' upgrades. Since natural gas and oil generate much of New England's electricity, costs are high, despite Maine's capacity to generate more power than it needs. CMP and Bangor Hydro's contracts with ISO expire in 2010, and critics say the timing for breaking with ISO--before the CMP upgrades--would not be good. With a map and descriptions of approved, proposed, stalled, and scrapped alternative energy plans around Maine.

Subjects

Public Utilities Commission, Bangor Hydro-Electric Co, Central Maine Power Company

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