‘Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3404, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2009, c. 615, Pt. A, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §3451, sub-§1-D is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §3452, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. A, §7, is amended to read:
In applying these evaluation criteria, the primary siting authority shall consider the visual impact and the cumulative scenic impact of the development during both day and night on the scenic resource of state or national significance. A finding by the primary siting authority that the development's generating facilities are a highly visible feature in the landscape is not a solely sufficient basis for determination that an expedited wind energy project has an unreasonable adverse effect on the scenic character and existing uses related to scenic character of a scenic resource of state or national significance. In making its determination under subsection 1, the primary siting authority shall consider insignificant the effects of portions of the development's generating facilities located more than 8 miles, measured horizontally, from a scenic resource of state or national significance.
Sec. 4. 35-A MRSA §3452, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. A, §7, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
The primary siting authority shall make findings and determinations under this subsection based on a preponderance of evidence in the record.
Sec. 5. 35-A MRSA §3454, first ¶, as amended by PL 2011, c. 655, Pt. DD, §14 and affected by §24 and amended by c. 682, §27, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
In making findings pursuant to Title 38, section 484, subsection 3, the primary siting authority shall make additional findings regarding other tangible benefits provided by an expedited wind energy development, including but not limited to findings regarding the manner and extent to which the development provides energy and emissions-related benefits described in section 3402. The Department of Labor, the Governor's Office of Policy and Management, the Governor's Energy Office and the Public Utilities Commission shall provide review comments if requested by the primary siting authority.
Sec. 6. 38 MRSA §341-D, sub-§4, ¶D, as amended by PL 2011, c. 304, Pt. H, §9, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 38 MRSA §344, sub-§2-A, ¶D is enacted to read:
Sec. 8. 38 MRSA §346, sub-§4, as repealed and replaced by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. A, §34, is repealed and the following enacted in its place: