Mass. Top Court Backs Contracts Supporting $1B Power Line

By Keith Goldberg (September 4, 2020, 6:20 PM EDT) -- Massachusetts' top court has upheld power purchase agreements that the state's utilities brokered with developers of a $1 billion cross-border power line to purchase hydroelectricity from Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec, saying the contracts are valid under the state's clean energy procurement laws.

The unanimous decision issued Thursday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court removes a legal hurdle for the New England Clean Energy Connect project, which would ship approximately 1,200 megawatts of Hydro-Quebec power through western Maine and connect with New England's electrical grid. The project has been ensnared in a multiyear, multistate battle over its construction.

Massachusetts energy regulators and a...

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