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Maine Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-ME)

In Maine, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain a Site Location Development Permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

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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 or Preemptive Authority: The Maine Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over transmission lines sixty-nine (69) kV or more. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 3132-A.
Transmission Siting Agency: Maine Public Utilities Commission
Transmission Siting Process: Maine does not have a state comprehensive siting process for transmission facilities. However, a person must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Maine Public Utilities Commission prior to constructing transmission lines of sixty-nine (69) kV or more. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 3132-A.
Transmission Siting Threshold: A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is required for transmission lines with a capacity of sixty-nine (69) kV or more. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 3132-A.
Siting Act: Maine does not have a comprehensive siting act.
Regulated Entity Definition: A person means "a corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability, company, association, trust estate, any other legal entity, or natural person." 65-407-330 Me. Code R. § 2(D).
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: A developer must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct transmission lines with a capacity of sixty-nine (69) kV or more. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 3132-A.
Permit Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined timeframe for approval.

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