Bill incites debate over wind farms' scenic impact

3:20 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Supporters of wind energy bill being considered by Maine lawmakers say the state needs to strengthen laws to ensure wind power development doesn't hinder the beauty of the state's scenic resources.

But opponents, like the Sierra Club Maine, say the measure will make it too burdensome for future wind energy investment, aimed at lessening the dependence on fossil fuels.

The bill being considered by the Energy, Utility and Technology Committee Monday would allow the state to seek an assessment of the visual impact of a wind project as far as 15 miles from a scenic resource, instead of 8 miles in current law.

Supporters say the state has more experience with wind power now than when the law was written in 2008 as several projects have been built since then.

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