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.

A ridge of Kibby Wind turbines from State Rte 27, a "Maine Scenic Byway"

Kibby Wind turbines above the scenic North Branch of the Dead River along the "Maine Scenic Byway"

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 30, 2018 at 8:48am

Schneider, Deirdre

8:45 AM (0 minutes ago)

to me

If Abben has all the signatures he needs, it is likely LD 1810 will be reported out today. Worst case scenario, Monday.

 

Deirdre Schneider

 

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on March 29, 2018 at 10:05pm

so much at stake and so tragic Brad

Comment by Penny Gray on March 29, 2018 at 6:16pm

Let us hope Maine doesn't become our "once beautiful state".  Mountains are not renewable.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 29, 2018 at 4:13pm

dan mckay /span>mckaydan2@gmail.com>

Mar 28 (1 day ago)

to Deirdre.Schnei.

Ms. Schneider,

     When do you think LD 1810 will go to the House ?

Referred to Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology on Mar 6, 2018.
Latest Committee Action: Voted, Mar 22, 2018, ANT. DIV. REP. 
Latest Committee Report: Not Reported Out 

Good Day       Dan McKay                      Dixfield

Schneider, Deirdre

Mar 28 (1 day ago)

to me

The amendment is complete, I am just waiting for the fiscal analysis to be completed. I would think within the week, but it all depends on when we receive fiscal.

This bill will be a divided report when it arrives for House vote. The democrats will side with wind. Stay tuned

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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