Bloomberg Law
Nov. 3, 2021, 7:55 PM

Hydro-Quebec Vows to Build Line Despite Maine Referendum (1)

Sandrine Rastello
Sandrine Rastello
Bloomberg News

Hydro-Quebec Chief Executive Officer Sophie Brochu isn’t giving up on a transmission line to send carbon-free electricity from Canada to the U.S. Northeast, despite voters in Maine backing a move to halt the project.

On Tuesday, 59% in a state referendum voted to ban construction of a Central Maine Power corridor, which opponents say would harm the environment by cutting through forests. In a statement, the Quebec government-owned power utility said it would “undertake all necessary actions to have its rights recognized.”

Brochu followed in a radio interview Wednesday morning, predicting a legal battle in comings weeks and months. ...

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