Long-awaited transmission request boosts regional energy

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they’re grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a long-awaited request for proposals to carry that power to the region.

To get that power to southern New England, new electrical transmission projects are needed that would pass through Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine.

Katie Dykes of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the request by the three states issued earlier this month is intended to “get better deals for ratepayers when we go shopping together.”

Contracts for electricity from solar, wind and hydropower will be selected by the middle of next year.

Edward Krapels of Anbaric Transmission, which is proposing projects in Maine and Vermont, says he likes the regional transmission approach.

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