who we are

Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs is a coalition of organizations and individuals who support the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) because it offers the following:

  • A PROJECT THAT IS GOOD FOR MAINE: Nearly $1 billion in economic benefit to the entire State of Maine in just the first ten years;

  • ENERGY COST SAVINGS: Maine consumers will save approximately $40 million each year for the next 20 years through lower electricity costs;

  • JOB CREATION: NECEC will provide 3,500 jobs at peak construction, primarily in western Maine counties that need jobs;

  • ECONOMIC GROWTH: This investment in the transmission infrastructure will contribute to the Maine’s economy, increasing the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $564 million. In addition, NECEC will expand fiber optic cable opportunities in Somerset and Franklin Counties and generate much needed economic development for western Maine;

  • CLEANER AIR: Maine’s carbon emissions will be reduced by nearly 265,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of removing 57,000 cars from Maine roads and highways. The project reduces air emissions in New England by 3 million metric tons annually. A cleaner environment is better for our health and our economy;

  • TAX BENEFITS: Maine communities that host the project will be paid over $18 million in increased property tax revenues annually with the largest share going to western Maine communities in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Somerset counties;

  • PROTECTING AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS: NECEC follows a corridor that is fully owned by Central Maine Power. It includes 50 miles of commercial, working forest and 95 miles of existing transmission corridor. This route means fewer impacts to the environment;

  • RECREATIONAL ACCESS: New and enhanced recreation opportunities to the western Maine region;

  • PRICE STABILITY: Diversifying the region’s energy supply mix with dependable hydropower will buffer Maine consumers from seasonal energy price spikes.