Emera, CMP join hands for wind power transmission projects

The electric providers of the state, Central Maine Power and Emera has agreed to jointly work for future power transmission projects in response to a plan by the six New England governors to address the power needs.

Central Maine Power has identified projects with Emera and Maine’s two utility companies will develop together to improve connections to transmit power south from northern wind power developments.

The companies cited 2,100 MW of wind power capacity in Northern Maine as the impetus for the project. Some projects have buyers committed through purchasing agreements with states in southern New England.

The New England governors, collaborating through the New England States Committee on Electricity want the regional electric grid operator to solicit bids for at least 1,200 MWs and as much as 3,600 MWs of transmission capacity for clean energy into the regional grid.