..........The existing corridor must be widened before workers can set poles and string new transmission lines. Contractors Cianbro Corp. and Irby Construction are scheduled to start that task in May, NECEC has said in court documents. Meanwhile, Cianbro is set to do site development work this winter for a custom-built, $250 million converter station in Lewiston that will convert direct current into alternating current to feed into the electric grid.
All that activity could play another important role in advancing the project, according to David Littell, a Portland environmental attorney.
The more steel that goes into the ground, he said, the better the chances of NECEC maintaining that the project has achieved the legal status known as vested rights.
“The idea is that if you start construction in good faith after receiving validly issued permits, the permitting authorities can’t revoke the permits,” said Littell, a former Maine Public Utilities Commission................
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