Larry Dunphy, a Republican state representative for a swath of rural Maine, recently posited a future when "you won't be able to climb a mountain without seeing blinking red lights and spinning turbines."
Lawsuits and permit appeals seeking to block projects are common, though it has proven difficult to get around a 2008 state law that spurred wind development, said Lynne Williams, an attorney in Bar Harbor who represents wind-farm opponents.
The law, passed under former Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, set aggressive goals for adding wind power while simplifying the regulatory process in much of the state.
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