04. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The state’s utilities regulators have approved a first-of-its-kind energy pilot project in the Boothbay region designed as an alternative to the construction of additional transmission lines in the region.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved the partnership among Portland-based GridSolar, Maine’s Public Advocate, Conservation Law Foundation, Environment Northeast and the Efficiency Maine Trust to develop the smart grid project, according to a press release. The project includes energy efficiency, renewable and non-renewable generation and demand response, which encourages users to cut back on their usage during peak times, and is intended to meet the region’s energy need without an $18 million transmission line upgrade.

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