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.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on March 21, 2015 at 5:18pm

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.

Comment by Lynne Williams on March 21, 2015 at 4:10pm

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.

Comment by Long Islander on March 21, 2015 at 4:02pm

Compare this to the map of Maine wind projects:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/map

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/

 

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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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