In the 2020 election, I ran for Maine House in District 66. At that time I stated that I supported New England Clean Energy Connect, and to this day I still do.

Over the life of the project, changes have been made that I believe address many of the concerns raised by Maine people. The width of the new section of the corridor has been reduced by roughly two-thirds, from 150 feet to 54 feet, a width built into the permit handed down by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Instead of the power lines being placed over the Kennebec River, they will be run underneath the river. NECEC has also agreed not to use herbicides to control the vegetation along the corridor. That job will be done mechanically.

The organizers of this project have listened to the concerns of Mainers and responded in a positive way. I would like to think increasing the availability of power from this project will reduce the need to cut off woodlots and install high-cost solar panels, and will also reduce the need to build highways to the top of mountains to construct high-cost windmills.

Greg Foster

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