While the CMP/HQ 1200 MW HVDC line is seeking approvals at the Maine DEP and PUC, it is also seeking approval of a power purchase agreement at the Massachusetts DPU (the equivalent of our PUC). This attachment explains that if the CMP/HQ project is built, it will "foreclose" upon Western Maine hosting loads of wind turbines built by NextEra. And this is just one of many wind developers that are opposed to the project.
NextEra ... is developing renewable projects in Maine (“NextEra’s Maine Renewable Projects”), which intend to use the same transmission corridor as NECEC. In fact, certain NextEra renewable projects are so close to NECEC that the Project literally proposes to route through the project boundaries of the NextEra projects, and because of this a landowner has sought NextEra’s permission to grant NECEC authorization to encroach on a NextEra easement.
Further ... NextEra’s ability to interconnect to the grid is directly impacted by NECEC. NECEC is a proposed high voltage direct current (“HVDC”) transmission line that NECEC asserts can only be used by Canadian entities (see Attachment 1 CMP’s Response to IEGC Data Request),1 despite the fact that NextEra is developing renewable projects in and around the transmission line. Id. NECEC’s position of foreclosing Maine-based renewables from using the transmission line is also in conflict with Maine statutes that encourage the development of solar and mandate for the development of Maine-based wind.2 Such an impact on NextEra’s Maine Renewable Projects goes beyond mere economic harm to a blocking of NextEra’s opportunity use the same transmission corridor or interconnect to the ISO-NE gird, but further directly impacts NextEra’s opportunity to support the renewable goals and policies of Massachusetts and Maine ...