HYDRO-QUÉBEC INKS DEAL TO GET POWER TO MASSACHUSETTS
Hydro-Québec and Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility have signed agreements with three power distribution companies south of the border to provide electricity to Massachusetts. The Quebec government-owned utility and partner Central Maine Power Co. are looking to provide 9.45 terawatt hours of clean electricity annually to Massachusetts for 20 years starting in 2022. The contract has to be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Energy. The line also needs approvals — including a presidential licence — on both sides of the border. The New England Clean Energy Connect project is estimated to cost around US$950 million. The 233-kilometre route in the U.S. would pass through Lewiston, Me., and connect to a regional power grid.