BDN - CMP to spend $250M, hire hundreds to build Lewiston conversion station

The Lewiston City Council unanimously approved the Central Maine Power company’s plan for a clean energy DC to AC conversion station.

It will be located near the power substation in north Lewiston.

[CMP inks deal crucial to $950M plan to pipe hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts]

“Lewiston itself will see a $250 million investment,” Lincoln Jeffers, the city’s economic development director told CBS 13. “That translates into $5 million annually in taxes. There will be about 1,700 jobs during construction of this project.”

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/27/news/lewiston-auburn/cmp-to-...

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Comment by Sherwin Start on June 27, 2018 at 10:22pm

These  1,700 Construction Jobs will Last about three months at the most my friends and they will be for  COMMON LABORERS- making MINIMUM WAGES- I KNOW I HAVE WORKED ON SEVERAL OF THESE POWER LINE/ENERGY IMPROVEMENT projects and not a single one did I work on for longer than 3-4 Months tops!LEWISTON Is so desperate for money that they take out a second mortgage on a cemetery - if they could get away with it!

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