BANGOR, Maine — Maine regulators are adopting tougher scenic standards for a proposed 39-turbine wind farm in Highland Plantation.
The Morning Sentinel newspaper says the Land Use Regulation Commission’s ruling Wednesday was the first in which it included facilities other than the windmills themselves under tougher scenic standards.
The commission ruled after three hours of debate that Highland Wind LLC will have to show its buildings, generator lead lines and miles of access roads fit harmoniously into the landscape and have “no adverse impact” on the scenic character of the area.
Independence Wind, whose principals include former Gov. Angus King and former Maine Public Broadcasting Corp. president Rob Gardiner, is parent company of Highland Wind LLC. Hearings on the Somerset County project could get under way in late June.
Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/