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.
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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