Walker bill tightens wind farm rules; Donor would get exemption for retail project
Walker sought wind siting changes to address "concerns on wind energy policy that impacts homeowners," Werwie said. "If enacted, this legislation will protect the private property rights for all Wisconsin citizens."
The thorny issue of how close wind turbines should be built to homes has dogged the state's energy policy for several years.
January 15, 2011
by Thomas Content, Lee Bergquist and Patrick Marley
in Journal Sentinel
A regulatory reform bill proposed Tuesday by Gov. Scott Walker would place new restrictions on wind development and calls for a special exemption for a Neenah-based businessman and contributor to Walker's gubernatorial campaign.
The bill also would require any agency's proposed rule to be signed off by the governor's office before it can take effect, and expands the economic impact reporting requirements for proposed agency rules.
The special exemption involves water quality requirements for a wetland in Brown County owned by businessman and automobile dealer John Bergstrom.
Bergstrom has been working on a retail project in Brown County for about a year. His... [continue via Web link]