Articles from Wisconsin

Emerging Energies wind farm in St. Croix County hits a wall; Judge sends major energy project for further review

At issue for the court was the PSC's finding that the wind developer would be considered in compliance with state noise standards if measurements of noise from turbines demonstrate that they are within maximum decibel levels 95% of the time — or just under 23 hours a day. Vlack said the commission had previously expressed concern that more information was needed before imposing that kind of standard, and because of that said it's important for the PSC to ensure it has sufficient grounds for allowing the 95% standard.
28 Aug 2015

St. Croix County Judge: Town of Forest wind farm needs more scrutiny

Despite the fact that St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack Wednesday ruled that Highland Wind Farm’s noise curtailment plan “ensures compliance” with state wind siting regulations, the judge stated in an order this week that the Public Service Commission did not provide, among other things, “proper notice and hearing” for discussion of the state’s compliance standard.
28 Aug 2015

Power line work halted after concern raised over protected birds

Abbie Church, conservation director for the conservancy, said she was driving in the area of the grasslands last month when she saw construction crews working and power poles already up. The conservancy had worked to negotiate a restriction on construction activities during the nesting season when it agreed to an easement for the power line project. Nesting generally takes place from April through July.
6 Jul 2015

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds PSC's wind farms ruling

In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined a housing impact report did not need to be prepared before the PSC submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature. State law requires agencies to prepare reports for any agency rules that "directly or substantially" affect development, construction or cost of housing.
30 Jun 2015

US Wildlife looking at impact of accidental kills by wind farms

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
20 Jun 2015

Wind's power generates negativity

Three or four decades ago, we were all warned that the world would soon run out of oil, so we should pursue alternative energy – solar power, wind power, nuclear power, tidal power. All the talk about alternative sources of energy was exciting. I thought then an electric car would be neat, if it could travel more than 40 miles or so. I also thought it would great to have a roof that converts sunlight into all the electricity one needs to run a home.
9 Jun 2015

Scott Walker's budget includes $250,000 to study 'wind energy system-related health issues'

The two-year, $68 billion budget proposal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday includes a request for $250,000 to study the health impacts of wind turbines. "The request for a Wind Energy Health Issues Study was included with the intent to provide the Public Service Commission with comprehensive information to consider as they receive requests for future wind energy projects," said Laurel Patrick, Walker's press secretary.
5 Feb 2015

Duke Energy disappoints – Offers no solutions

On January 20th, the Brown County Board of Health held a Special Meeting to give Duke Energy and the public the opportunity to share pertinent information regarding the Shirley Wind project operating in the Town of Glenmore. Despite being specifically asked to do so, Duke failed to address the health concerns or offer solutions. Duke only presented their legal opinion opposing the Board’s October 14th declaration of the Shirley Wind turbines as a ‘Human Health Hazard'. 
4 Feb 2015

Wind siting report not to be trusted

For the policy update section of the report, the majority voted to exclude any discussion of noise limits and setback distances used by other countries, even though much of the empirical research in the report was conducted in Europe where noise and setback limits are more restrictive than in Wisconsin. Consequently, the report presents an apples-to-oranges comparison, rendering its conclusions largely irrelevant for informing Wisconsin wind siting policymaking. Finally, the majority voted to make NO recommendations to the legislature, despite a significant number of important recommendations for legislative changes that the minority deemed necessary and submitted for inclusion in the report. The resulting WSC report amounts to nothing more than wind industry propaganda. Don’t trust it.
5 Jan 2015

'Health hazard' ruling settles nothing

The board in October said the turbines make an inaudible sound that sickens even those who live outside the 1,250-foot boundary required by the Wisconsin Wind Siting Council, an advisory body with members appointed by the state Public Service Commission. The ruling is remarkable for several reasons.
13 Nov 2014

Health officials weigh next step in wind turbine battle

The county's Health Board this month declared the Shirley Wind Farm operated by Duke Energy Renewables poses a health risk to its neighbors in the town of Glenmore. Three families have moved out of their homes rather than endure physical illness they blame on the low-frequency noise the wind turbines generate, according to Audrey Murphy, president of the board that oversees the Brown County Health Department.
27 Oct 2014

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