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Maine Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-ME)

In Maine, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain permission from the Maine Public Utilities Commission and an easement from the appropriate state agency if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above state owned real property. A developer may also need a number of state highway encroachment permits. A developer may need a State Highway Utility Permit, and/or a State Highway Opening Permit from the Maine Department of Transportation.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Maine Federal

State Land Right of Way Agency: Maine Public Utilities Commission, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
State Land Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the applicable sate land management agency, likely the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, prior to initiating construction of a transmission project that crosses state lands.
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Maine Department of Transportation
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer may need to obtain a State Highway Utility Location Permit and/or a State Highway Opening Permit from the Maine Department of Transportation prior to initiating construction of a transmission project that requires the construction of transmission facilities along a state highway and/or"intentional displacement of earth, rock, or pavement surface within the limits of a state highway." Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 2501, Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 2502(1), 17-229-210 Me. Code R. § (4).
Eminent Domain: Generally, with the approval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, a project developer may take and hold lake by eminent domain to site transmission lines that are designed to carry voltages of 5 kV or more. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 3136.

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