CMP agrees to scaled-back grid project

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power has agreed to scale back its proposed upgrade of the power grid with an eye toward getting work under way this summer.

Documents filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission indicate CMP agreed in principle to a plan that’ll cost less the original projection of $1.5 billion.

CMP says Maine’s grid has had no major upgrades since 1971. The biggest part of the project would double high-voltage capacity from Orrington to New Hampshire by building a second line.

The Portland Press Herald says CMP officials will meet Thursday with Maine’s public advocate, the Industrial Energy Consumers Group and the Conservation Law Foundation, as well as Grid Solar. Grid Solar had an alternative plan calling for solar and propane generation.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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