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Other energy companies sought Lakeshore location

A Safety and setbacks are concerns among residents whose properties have been targeted for wind and other forms of renewable energy development. Town of Carlton and West Kewaunee residents are considering a proposal from Element Power to establish 111 wind turbines in five towns, which extends south to the towns of Mishicot, Two Creeks and Two Rivers in Manitowoc County.

Safety and setbacks are concerns among residents whose properties have been targeted for wind and other forms of renewable energy development.

Town of Carlton and West Kewaunee residents are considering a proposal from Element Power to establish 111 wind turbines in five towns, which extends south to the towns of Mishicot, Two Creeks and Two Rivers in Manitowoc County.

A couple years ago, another wind energy provider offered to pay landowners $500 per wind turbine on their property, said Town Supervisor Ken Paplham.
"If they sign a lease, they have no say on what goes on the land. They can contract what the farmer does on their land," Paplham said.

But Paplham and Carlton Town Chairman Dave Hardtke encouraged people to contact an attorney before signing a contract.

Element Power's proposal marks the third time a green energy company has sought to enter the town, he said. In both of the previous cases, the two companies discontinued operation.

"I was told the turbines were built in Sweden," Paplham said. "I asked why they're not built at Tower Tech in Manitowoc. It builds wind turbines for energy generation. It bothers me... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Safety and setbacks are concerns among residents whose properties have been targeted for wind and other forms of renewable energy development.

Town of Carlton and West Kewaunee residents are considering a proposal from Element Power to establish 111 wind turbines in five towns, which extends south to the towns of Mishicot, Two Creeks and Two Rivers in Manitowoc County.

A couple years ago, another wind energy provider offered to pay landowners $500 per wind turbine on their property, said Town Supervisor Ken Paplham.
"If they sign a lease, they have no say on what goes on the land. They can contract what the farmer does on their land," Paplham said.

But Paplham and Carlton Town Chairman Dave Hardtke encouraged people to contact an attorney before signing a contract.

Element Power's proposal marks the third time a green energy company has sought to enter the town, he said. In both of the previous cases, the two companies discontinued operation.

"I was told the turbines were built in Sweden," Paplham said. "I asked why they're not built at Tower Tech in Manitowoc. It builds wind turbines for energy generation. It bothers me that it's built overseas."

When the Wisconsin Public Service Commision permits the project, the process is more rigorous. If people are concerned about the project, the WPSC is the venue they want to address, said Mike Arndt, development director with Element Energy.

If the state established setbacks for wind turbines, Hardtke believes it also could reduce everyone's property values. Some people would not buy a house next to a wind turbine.

The town of Carlton has established a 1,000-foot setbacks for residential and property line, Paplham said. The setbacks would total about 2.5 times the height of the turbine from a house.

By comparison, Manitowoc County has a 1,000-foot distance from lot lines, instead of the distance from a house.

The Wind Siting Committee that is developing ordinances and setback is biased because it has members employed by power companies, said Jerome Hlinak, a Mishicot town resident who has addressed the issue.

"The concern is that people in the wind energy industry will have a say in how the rules are created," Hlinak said.

While the group seeks shorter distances between wind turbines and homes, setbacks of 1,400 feet were established by VESTAS, a German and Danish turbine manufacturer.

Some municipalities have established zoning ordinance based on scientific facts. Last year, Hlinak said Trempealeua County established a one-mile setback from turbines. The distance was held up in court.

"With the setbacks, I don't know what the PSC will come up with," Hardtke said. "But they're saying 1,000 feet from homes and property lines. It could be pretty difficult to find a place to put them and comply with setback regulations."


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APR 21 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/25828-other-energy-companies-sought-lakeshore-location
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