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Woodstock-Houlton International Power Line Project

The Houlton Water Company has entered into an agreement with NB Power for the construction of a new power line in New Brunswick to supply electricity to Houlton, Maine.

If approved, customers in Houlton would be served from the NB Power grid through a new power line that would be connected to an existing line near Woodstock. The total length of the new power line would be approximately 18km, 16km of which would be on the Canadian side of the international border and 2km of the line would be on the US side. The construction of a new substation in New Brunswick near the Maine-NB border would also be necessary.

Transmission line projects of this scale are subject to regulatory review and approval. The project will require NB Power to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment to the provincial Department of Environment and Local Government. The project will also require a permit under The National Energy Board Act.

Project ActivitiesTimelines
Engagement with stakeholders and First Nations Ongoing
Public Open House May 2017
Environmental Impact Assessment Submission (available for public review) and permit July 26, 2017
NEB Application and decision December 2017 – October 2018
Line Clearing / Construction December 2018 – August 2019
Substation Construction April 2019 – October 2019
Woodstock Terminal Upgrades April 2019 – October 2019
In-Service End of 2019

On July 25, 2017, NB Power Corporation registered the project with the Department of the Environment and Local Government in accordance with Section 5(1) and Schedule “A” of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation – Clean Environment Act.

NB Power is now awaiting the results of the EIA review by the Department of Environment and Local Government.

For more information or questions, please contact us at or at 1-866-754-7727.