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BROWNSVILLE - Invenergy Wind LLC will re-evaluate its entire $250 million project after the Federal Aviation Administration recently issued hazard determination permits for 80 of its 133 turbine sites, according to Neil Palmer, public affairs consultant for the Chicago-based developer. He said Invenergy Wind plans to obtain pricing updates on turbines, equipment and construction as well as establish a schedule after nearly a year-long delay while the Department of Defense studied the effect wind turbines would have on military radar. "Once we get through that we'll have a better definition of when we'll start building but we don't know that today," Palmer said. He said the DOD, which doesn't have the authority to issue permits for wind turbines, asked the FAA to grant them until the DOD concludes its study.
Two Wisconsin wind power projects that were stalled by concerns that rotating turbines would interfere with military radar have received the go-ahead from the Federal Aviation Administration. Among them is one of the largest wind farms on the drawing board in Wisconsin: the Forward Wind Energy Center in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties. The Forward project, being developed by Invenergy of Chicago, was moving toward construction this year when it ran into a roadblock of opposition. Permits have been issued for both the Forward project, a 133-turbine development near the Horicon Marsh, as well as the Butler Ridge wind farm in Dodge County, said Bruce Beard, the FAA manager in Texas responsible for the office that issues permits.
Some of an estimated $1 billion in Wisconsin wind energy projects that have been stalled for months because of fears that they could interfere with military radar might be allowed to move ahead soon.
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from Minnesota and Wisconsin are urging the federal government to quickly resolve delays on wind energy projects caused by a Department of Defense study of whether wind turbines interfere with military radar.
BROWNSVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A permit for a proposed wind farm in Horicon is on hold while the federal government studies how the facility could affect a radar used by the Air Force.
Wildlife groups that want to block construction of a wind power project near the Horicon Marsh and its refuge for migratory birds have found a new and unusual ally: the U.S. Air Force.
Initial findings of this study indicated that the structure as described exceeds obstruction standards and/or would have an adverse physical or electromagnetic interference effect upon navigable airspace or air navigation facilities. Pending resolution of the issues described below, the structure is presumed to be a hazard to air navigation.
Many other members of the church feel the same as I do. When we spoke to the council members, they stated that our insurance would not cover this damage and wondered whom you approach to pay for it.
Farmers who have signed contracts have signed away rights to their land. The needs for the wind farm will come first.
Catharine Lawton's letter to the attorney representing Addison Wind Energy on the developer's failure to represent accurately a number of the dangers associated with icing of the blades of industrial wind turbines.