$1.5 Billion CMP Maine Power Reliability Program

The $1.5 billion Maine Power Reliability Program is the largest transmission project in Maine's history, with approximately 350 miles of new high voltage transmission line and five new substations as originally proposed. Pierce Atwood was instrumental in helping CMP assess the need for the project through the ISO-New England regional transmission planning process, overseeing the studies to develop the transmission solution for that need, and preparing the non-transmission alternative assessment for the project. Led by Jared des Rosiers, we were also responsible for obtaining the Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience ("CPCN") for the project from the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC Docket No. 2008-255), a hotly contested proceeding involving over 160 parties and extensive discovery, technical conferences, expert testimony development and lengthy evidentiary hearings and post-hearing briefing. The Maine PUC by order dated June 10, 2010 approved a detailed settlement that granted CMP a CPCN for approximately $1.4 billion of the MPRP, including all of the proposed 345 kV lines and substations. Now under construction, the MPRP project represents a major investment in Maine's energy future, providing thousands of jobs now, and safe and reliable electric service for years to come.