Central Maine Power Company (CMP) applied on July 27, 2017, to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for a Presidential permit authorizing the construction, operation, maintenance, and connection of facilities at the international border between the United States and Canada for its New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project. On August 26, 2019, CMP requested that DOE transfer the Presidential permit application to NECEC Transmission LLC.

DOE evaluated the Presidential permit application pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 10485 (September 3, 1953), as amended by EO 12038 (February 3, 1978) and DOE’s regulations at 10 CFR 205.320 et seq., “Application for Presidential Permit Authorizing the Construction, Connection, Operation, and Maintenance of Facilities for Transmission of Electric Energy at International Boundaries.” DOE issued the Presidential permit after determining that issuance of the permit is consistent with the public interest and after obtaining favorable recommendations from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. DOE prepared this environmental assessment (DOE/EA-2155) to inform the Department’s public interest determination.