Critics, including the U.S. EPA, say alternatives such as burying all or part of the line have not been fully explored.
“We’re just trying to catch up”: Under the proposal, the state would cease to be a regional laggard.
Gov. Janet Mills issued an order in February allowing permits to be issued again, but the impact won’t be immediate.
Amid complaints that the state’s current law is unworkable, legislators revive a vetoed bill under a new governor.
The proposal includes about $80 million for heat pumps, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle infrastructure.