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The 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.
Plans for more of the giant turbines have spun up a deep philosophical split between neighbors who favor or oppose wind farms. As more towers arose, so did big yard signs opposing wind energy ...On Tuesday, their attorneys, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, announced that town and its insurers agreed to pay the couples $30,000, plus $20,000 in attorney fees.
A 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.
Sen. 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.
State 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.
Michael 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.
By 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.
The $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.
The 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.
Mundinger 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."
The 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."
When 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.
Some 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.
Wisconsin's electricity providers have all met their renewable energy goals for 2011, and most have already reached their requirements for 2015, state regulators said.
"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.
This situation comes down to who should control your property and neighborhood environment - residents or industry? The only way to take back the right to refuse risky, involuntary technologies is through statewide administrative code changes. Contact state lawmakers today to support a new code that gives you the right to reject these dubious installations.
Every 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.
County Executive and State Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer, I-Manitowoc, voted against the state legislation usurping local control over wind tower siting. "Manitowoc County went through the process ... the agony ... of trying to properly address all the different points of view and came up with a compromise passed with a broad majority of supervisors," Ziegelbauer said Friday.
It is alleged that many dozens of residents are in favor of the proposed project. Ironically the majority of the townships residents do not agree. Many homeowners in our township are extremely concerned that this project will in fact have a detrimental effect on our health, our property values and our environment.
James and Barbara Vanden Boogart and Jon and Lori Morehouse claim town officials have been selectively enforcing its sign ordinance by allowing pro-wind energy signs on some properties while trying to enforce the ordinance against others who oppose development of wind turbines in the town.