PSC reopens Highland Wind Farm hearing.383272013-05-10T03:58:32Z2013-05-10T03:58:32ZIn reopening the hearing, Montgomery said any additional testimony or proofs would be limited to the single issue of noise generated by the turbines. He said he remains concerned that six of the proposed turbines would be located near homes with potentially "sensitive" individuals and that ensuring turbines meet state standards should be the job of the developer.
Boards tell developer wind turbine plan is 'incomplete'.383222013-05-08T00:37:06Z2013-05-08T00:37:06ZSupervisors unanimously voted the application was incomplete because it failed to address numerous requirements in both the town ordinances and Public Service Commission requirements.A proposed western Wisconsin wind farm, rejected in February, gets another try.382652013-05-02T20:25:57Z2013-05-02T20:25:57ZThe state Public Service Commission voted 2 to 1 to give developer Emerging Energies, of Hubertus, a chance to offer new information showing that the proposed Highland wind farm would meet state noise standards.Wind developer seeks rehearing after Wisconsin PSC's split decision.379852013-04-05T18:54:36Z2013-04-05T18:54:36ZA wind farm developer is making one more effort to persuade state regulators that the turbines it wants to build will meet Wisconsin's noise standards.
In a filing with the state Public Service Commission, Emerging Energies said it was providing new information demonstrating it could comply with a 45-decibel noise standard at night for nearby homes.GOP Senator proposes plan to protect residents near wind turbines.379392013-04-02T17:42:44Z2013-04-02T17:42:44ZSen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, has repeatedly said wind turbine operations harm residents in close proximity to these facilities. He said some families have been forced to move because of the noise and ground vibrations created by these turbines.Lawmaker takes aim at wind farms.379262013-04-01T19:01:04Z2013-04-01T19:01:04ZState Senator Frank Lasee says he knows of at least three families from Brown County who have been driven from their homes after 500 foot industrial wind turbines went up nearby. He says those families started to experience physical symptoms they believe were linked to the devices, so they left the homes they loved.Future of wind farms uncertain in Wisconsin.378402013-03-22T00:52:39Z2013-03-22T00:52:39ZMichael Vickerman, policy and program director for RENEW Wisconsin, isn't sure which direction the air will blow for Wisconsin wind farms in the years to come.
"The future is pretty cloudy," Vickerman said.Wind farm developer's appeal rejected by Wisconsin Public Service Commission.375882013-03-01T15:41:41Z2013-03-01T15:41:41ZBy a 2-to-1 vote, the commission decided not to grant an emergency request filed last week by Emerging Energies, the company seeking to develop the Highland Wind Farm in St. Croix County.
In its appeal, Emerging Energies said it had new information showing it could meet the commission's concerns about turbine noise levels near homes.Wind farm developer appeals, says project can meet state noise standard.375032013-02-25T23:12:28Z2013-02-25T23:12:28ZThe $250 million project stalled when the commission, on a 2-1 vote, decided to deploy a more conservative standard with regard to wind turbine noise limits.
The commission decided not to allow the project to proceed, because the state noise limit might be exceeded on occasion for several homes near the project.Wind farm application denied, but....374972013-02-23T18:53:32Z2013-02-23T18:53:32ZThe Public Service Commission of Wisconsin voted 2-1 on Thursday, Feb. 14, to deny an application from Highland Wind Farm, LLC, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 102.5 megawatt (MW) wind electric facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon in St. Croix County.
The action, however, does not mean the project is dead.Wind farm proposal rejected, developer plans another try.374192013-02-15T12:37:05Z2013-02-15T12:37:05ZMundinger said the developer would take the noise concerns into account but was not giving up on the project.
"We believe that sound, from what we've heard, is a big concern, and we believe we can address that and we believe we have a pathway to get the (project permit) in short form," he said. "We want to make sure we address the sound and be able to move this project forward."Wisconsin Towns Association calls for moratorium on construction of new wind turbines.371102013-01-24T03:50:26Z2013-01-24T03:50:26ZThe Wisconsin Towns Association voted Monday to adopt a resolution calling on the state of Wisconsin and the Public Service Commission to enact a moratorium on the construction of industrial wind turbines "until further studies are done, solutions are found and the state's wind siting rule is modified."WIND FARM CHALLENGES: Lightning, aerial repairs, bull attacks.370182013-01-12T16:34:19Z2013-01-12T16:34:19ZWhen We Energies began operating Wisconsin's largest wind energy farm in Columbia County a little more than a year ago, Louis Caracci anticipated certain challenges - lightning strikes, high-altitude repairs and complaints from the neighbors about noise from the turbines.New wind farm pops up along Highway 12; residents have mixed emotions.366522012-11-29T21:28:46Z2012-11-29T21:28:46ZSome like them, while others said they won't pass judgment until they hear how noisy the blades are after they start spinning.
But Bruce and Jessica Hellenbrand are already unhappy. They said Wednesday that the towers have ruined the view from the rear of their home and undercut its value.
State utilities met renewable goals in 2011.364942012-11-07T16:19:21Z2012-11-07T16:19:21ZWisconsin's electricity providers have all met their renewable energy goals for 2011, and most have already reached their requirements for 2015, state regulators said.Long-time debate over area renewable energy project adds another chapter.363062012-10-13T00:20:34Z2012-10-13T00:20:34Z"When you're looking at something that is on a utility scale, on an industrial scale, so closely packed in between homes and farms... there are going to be problems," says Salseg. Rising electricity rates revive deregulation debate.361252012-09-22T11:22:54Z2012-09-22T11:22:54ZEvery time We Energies seeks a rate increase, utility customers rail about the fact that rates are going up, and that they don't have a choice in who supplies their power and sends them a bill every month.