BANGOR (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a ruling by the state’s Board of Environmental Protection to reject a $100 million wind power project planned for Penobscot County.

The proposed project from Boston-based First Wind would’ve constructed 16 wind turbines generating 48 megawatts of electricity near Bowers Mountain.

Advocacy groups had opposed the project due to its perceived effect on scenic views from nine nearby lakes.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley’s decision highlighted a stipulation in the 2004 Wind Energy Act that stated that projects can’t compromise views from scenic resources of state or national significance.

A spokesman for First Wind parent company Sun Edison says they felt the wind project would’ve brought many significant economic benefits to the region. SCARBOROUGH (AP) — Maine Democrats are kicking of their inaugural dinner to honor to Maine icons, one living and the other not.

The event on Friday in Scarborough honors the legacies of peace negotiator and former Sen. George Mitchell and the late U.S. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.

The Perkins-Mitchell Dinner is a rebranding of the annual Jefferson- Jackson Dinner. Maine’s Democrats and other state parties around the country are choosing to end the association with Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson because of the former presidents’ ties to slavery.

Attendees include Mitchell, Perkins’ grandson Tomlin Perkins Coggershall, Rep. Chellie Pingree and Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett.


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