The lattice towers Central Maine Power said it is proposing for its New England Clean Energy Connect hydropower line from Canada to Lewiston. This image, looking northwest from Wilson Hill Road in West Forks Plantation toward the proposed transmission line, also contains a photosimulation of five years of vegetation growth that is 10 feet or less in height. Credit: Courtesy of Central Maine Power

State regulators Friday suspended hearings on Central Maine Power’s proposal to build a 145-mile high voltage transmission line in western Maine.

The move comes after project opponents complained that CMP had overwhelmed them with a “document dump” too big to wade through within the allotted time.

[CMP hydropower project to run $1.1 billion, with interest]

Public Utilities Commission staff agreed and canceled two scheduled hearings. The PUC called for a new, extended schedule that would give the parties time to examine and respond to the new documents.

A CMP spokesperson says while the delay may stretch out the timetable for a PUC decision on the transmission proposal, it will not delay the project itself, which is scheduled to go online in 2022.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

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