Here's a map (date unknown) showing Maine's officially designated SCENIC byways. Under the Wind Energy Act as it now stands, only the turnouts/parking lots on these byways are considered "scenic resources". The length of road that is legally designated SCENIC carries absolutely no weight when considering industrial wind project applications. The wind industry and their cronies thought of everything when they drafted the WEA!
One might ask if the legislature was aware of this when they voted for the WEA. Of course they weren't. The WEA was "emergency legislation" rushed through at the 11th hour of a shortened legislative session. If the legislature had been aware that the WEA offered no consideration to scenic byways, do you think they would have modified the bill? I'd like to think they would have.
Many legislators who voted for the WEA have since gone on the record as regretting it.
I looked at some Federal materials on Shoreland Zoning, under some of the protections From wind, for Native American lands. I have not had time to muddle through it, but I believe you to be correct Lynne, as 50, 75, 250 limits only apply to the placing, not the view.
And the WEA overrides shoreland zoning, which is very relevant in most of these locations since the turbines are being built adjacent to waterbodies. Moosehead folks - shoreland zoning around Moosehead and other waterbodies in the region is null and void as far as industrial wind facilities are concerned.
Compare this to the map of Maine wind projects:
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