Aroostook clean energy means jobs and investment

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Ben Lucas is a senior government relations specialist at the Maine Chamber of Commerce.

For years, many companies have recognized and promoted the vast renewable resource potential of Aroostook County. From biomass and hydropower to solar and wind power, efforts have been made to harness The County’s low-cost, clean energy resources and inject them into the existing regional power grid located near Bangor. In the absence of sufficient upgrades to the electrical system in northern Maine, this dream has not been realized. Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality.

In the spring of 2024, the partisan leadership demonstrated by Senate President Troy Jackson and Senate Republican Leader Trey Stewart led to the passage of L.D. 1710Northern Maine Renewable Energy Development Program. In late 2024, after issuing an RFP and managing a competitive procurement process, a Selected by the Maine Public Utilities Commission A transmission developer (LS Power Grid Maine LLC) and generation developer (Longroad Energy LLC) to build transmission and wind generation in order to cost-effectively unlock the county’s clean energy potential. Utilities Commission in evaluating the economic cost and benefits of Northern Maine along with other criteria determined: