I skied at Sugarloaf on March 26 & 27, 2018. LD 1810 would have extended the scenic impact zone for wind projects to 40 miles. While that seems like a lot, recent attempts in other legislation supported by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and others would extend the impact zone to 15 miles from either side of the Appalachian Trail. The AT crosses Crocker Mt and most of the Bigelow Range. If either of the proposed increases had been adopted instead of killed by the Maine Legislature's Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee, the Bigelow Preserve, a Scenic Resource of State or National Significance would be protected in the future from wind sites such as Kibby. The wind industry will place wind turbines throughout the remote Boundary Mountains region if they get a chance.
I am posting a photo of Kibby Wind project taken from Sugarloaf which approximates the scenic impact on the Bigelow Preserve as well as photos of the project taken from State Rte 27, a designated "Maine Scenic Byway". Just a reminder of how much is at stake as we battle the proliferation of industrial wind and protect the natural and scenic resources in our beautiful state.
Kibby Wind project from Sugarloaf, with the western-most ridge of Bigelow Mt. in the foreground.