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June 24, 2024

Maine

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State Regulators Discuss Affordability, Utility Incentives at NEECE
Top utility commissioners from four New England states emphasized the need for regulatory innovation to preserve affordability amid the clean energy transition at the New England Energy Conference and Exposition.
Iberdrola
Iberdrola to Take Full Ownership of Avangrid
Iberdrola is moving to acquire the 18.4% stake in Avangrid that it does not already own in a $2.55 billion deal.
Hydro-Québec
Québec, New England See Shifting Role for Canadian Hydropower
With the days of endless cheap hydropower in Québec coming to an end, and the Northeastern U.S. hoping to rapidly scale up intermittent renewables, the two regions may be forced to fundamentally reconsider the role of hydropower on the grid. 
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Northeast States Detail Early Efforts on Interregional Tx Collaborative
Representatives from states working on the Northeast States Collaborative on Interregional Transmission spoke about the young effort, particularly about offshore wind connections.
Versant Power
Maine Voters Reject Public Takeover of Electric Utilities
Maine voters decisively rejected a proposed public takeover of the state’s for-profit electric transmission and distribution infrastructure. 
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Northeast Stakeholders Push Transmission Planning, Siting Reform

Speakers at Raab Associates’ New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable emphasized the importance of transmission planning to ensure the grid can handle increased amounts of variable clean energy and higher demand from electrification.

NECEC
New England Clean Energy Connect Wins Court Battle
A jury ruled Avangrid can resume construction of the New England Clean Energy Connect, potentially voiding a voter referendum to block the $1 billion line.
University of Maine
Maine Finalizes Offshore Wind Roadmap
The Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap is the result of 18 months’ work by 96 committee members studying the concept from every angle.
BOEM
BOEM Continues Planning Process for Gulf of Maine OSW
BOEM wrapped up a series of info sessions in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, seeking feedback as it develops a map of potential wind farm sites.
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Massachusetts OKs Sharing Cost of Maine Wind Power
Massachusetts electric distribution companies have been authorized to take on up to 40% of a two-part, $1.7 billion clean energy project in northern Maine.

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