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Electric debate about wind turbines before Public Service Commission

Dozens spoke their minds before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission on proposed rules on wind turbines in Fond du Lac. Opinions on the controversial topic varied. Many don't want wind turbines near their homes, saying their property values will go down and their health will decline.

Public hearing on proposed rules

FOND DU LAC - Dozens spoke their minds before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission on proposed rules on wind turbines in Fond du Lac.

Opinions on the controversial topic varied. Many don't want wind turbines near their homes, saying their property values will go down and their health will decline.

"Someone who doesn't sign a contract for those wind turbines shouldn't have their lifestyle changed," said Jarret Treu of Morrison.

The Public Service Commission created a draft of the rules last month. From now until July 7, it is asking for public comment on the proposed rules. While some side with the state creating laws, others think municipalities should be in charge of rules.

"The state has taken control over these large impact projects from the towns that our homes reside in and basically negating any unique characteristics of the communities," said Steve Deslauriers of Holland.

People in favor of the growing wind energy say Wisconsin needs wind power to create jobs and expand renewable energy sources.

"If Wisconsin opts out of this industry, it will be conceding billions in economic benefits to neighboring... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Public hearing on proposed rules

FOND DU LAC - Dozens spoke their minds before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission on proposed rules on wind turbines in Fond du Lac.

Opinions on the controversial topic varied. Many don't want wind turbines near their homes, saying their property values will go down and their health will decline.

"Someone who doesn't sign a contract for those wind turbines shouldn't have their lifestyle changed," said Jarret Treu of Morrison.

The Public Service Commission created a draft of the rules last month. From now until July 7, it is asking for public comment on the proposed rules. While some side with the state creating laws, others think municipalities should be in charge of rules.

"The state has taken control over these large impact projects from the towns that our homes reside in and basically negating any unique characteristics of the communities," said Steve Deslauriers of Holland.

People in favor of the growing wind energy say Wisconsin needs wind power to create jobs and expand renewable energy sources.

"If Wisconsin opts out of this industry, it will be conceding billions in economic benefits to neighboring Midwest states," said Barnaby Dinges, a wind energy advocate.

The state wants ten percent of all energy produced in Wisconsin to be renewable by 2015. Many believe wind energy doesn't actually save money. Contractors say people need to realize alternatives.

"Unless people are willing to make a conscious decision that they're going to use a lot less power, we need that energy from somewhere," said Mark Hutter, Vice President of Michels Coproration.

The Public Service Commission says it has received an outpouring of public comment on the issue.

"We will be redrafting these rules into a final version and there definitely will be changes so public comments are important," said Deborah Erwin.

The Public Service Commission expects to finalize the rules by the end of the summer.

For more on the Public Service Commission and the wind turbine rules, click here .


Source: http://www.fox11online.com/...

JUN 29 2010
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