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Maine Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(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

Transmission Siting: Any person may need a Site Location of Development Permit.
Transmission Siting Agency: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
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.
Transmission Siting Act: Maine – 38 ME. REV. STAT. §§ 481-490 Site Location of Development Act
Preemptive Authority: The Maine Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over transmission and distribution utilities lines.
Regulated Entity Definition: A transmission and distribution utility is defined as “…a person, its lessees, trustees or receivers or trustees appointed by a court, owning, controlling, operating or managing a transmission and distribution plant for compensation within the State…” Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 2502(1)(A).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: A person may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Maine Public Utilities Commission to construct transmission lines of 69 kV or more. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, § 3132-A.
Processing Timeframe: There is no statutorily defined timeframe for approval.