Another potential barrier to Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed $1 billion hydropower corridor through western Maine was removed Tuesday when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled against a challenge to a regulator’s approval of the project.
In a case filed last fall, NextEra Energy Resources appealed the certificate of public convenience and necessity that the Maine Public Utilities Commission granted last April for the controversial project.
The project needs a series of regulatory approvals. Last Friday, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection became the latest agency to give preliminary approval to the project.
The controversial hydropower project, which would extend 145 miles from Hydro-Quebec’s dam system at the Canadian border through western Maine to Lewiston, also needs from the Army Corps of Engineers a presidential approval to cross the border and town permits.
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