Nov 13, 2015 2:14 PM

Rising energy costs worry New England, Canadian officials

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says New England's highest-in-the-nation energy costs are crippling the region's ability to remain economically competitive and is urging a new push to bring hydropower across the border from Quebec.

LePage and Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec, spoke Friday at an energy trade conference held by the New England-Canada Business Council in Boston.

Couillard said his province is eager to provide more power to New England and urged the states to consider entering into long-term transmission contracts with Hydro-Quebec, which was among the sponsors of the New England-Canadian energy trade event.

Hydro-Quebec is working with Eversource Energy on a $1.4 billion Northern Pass plan to send 1,200 megawatts of electricity on mostly overhead power lines.

Couillard also met separately with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who has proposed hydropower legislation.

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