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TOWN OF JOHNSON, Wis. Plans for a wind farm in Marathon County are on hold.
Wisconsin's investor-owned utilities are charting very different growth paths than they did just a few years ago. The state saw several major mergers in the last 10 years, but there has been none in the last five years. With WPS Resources Corp. of Green Bay a key exception, state utilities are more focused on increasing profits by generating power than they are on making money by buying other companies.
In March, the Federal Aviation Administration asked that construction of the Forward Wind Energy Center be delayed until after the Department of Defense study is completed because the wind farm would be within line-of-sight of an Air Force radar in Horicon. Palmer said he is still waiting to hear the results of the study, which was expected to be completed in May.
Wind turbines in action at Monfort Wind Farm near the Town of Cobb in Iowa County in this 2005 photo.
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.
Wind farm developers and local wind farm critics have been embroiled in debate for more than a year over issues like wind turbine aesthetics, setbacks, noise and shadow flicker.
Decisions on electricity needs challenge all of us to use the best reasoning skills we have to solve real problems. The issues are many, and the evaluations of them are complex.
GREENLEAF — The town of Wrightstown is moving swiftly after receiving information from the Brown County Planning Department that southern Brown County is being targeted by a private power company that wants to build wind farms.
GREENLEAF — Brown County officials are urging communities to enact regulations on wind farms after hearing that a private firm is planning to build a series of large windmills in the southern part of the county.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - An upgrade of the state's power grid would include a $600 million high-voltage transmission line from the South Dakota border to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area - and that's just part of the plan proposed by a coalition of utility companies. The plan also calls for a second high-voltage line from Fargo, N.D., to the St. Cloud area, a third line from the Minneapolis-area to Rochester and then to La Crosse, Wis., and a smaller fourth line in the Bemidji area.
CHICAGO - Illinois Democrats Dick Durbin and Barack Obama are among six U.S. senators who sent a letter Friday to two federal agencies expressing concern after the federal government stopped work on wind farms while it studies whether the giant turbines could interfere with military radar.
ALGOMA — Little red lighthouse. Beach boardwalks. The blue-green waters of Lake Michigan stretching to the horizon. Just another pretty-as-a-postcard day on the shores of this sleepy town of 5,700 about a half-hour east of Green Bay.
The Horicon Marsh Systems Advocates organization is continuing its fight against construction of the Forward Wind Energy Center in southern Fond du Lac County and northern Dodge County.
Michael J. Elsinger, N10201 Arthur Road, Lomira, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service at the Horicon Marsh Haven Center or with Friends of the Horicon Marsh. He must also pay $490 in restitution, a $150 fine plus court costs and write letters of apology to all of the victims of his crimes within 60 days. Ryan M. Koll, 21, P.O. Box 119, Theresa, and Elsinger's accomplice in the anti-wind farm sign crime spree, pled guilty on Feb. 16 to one count of theft and received a $243 fine plus paid restitution.
NORWALK, Wis. — An effort is mounting in the town of Ridgeville to recall all three members of the town board.
At the core of the recall effort is what some township residents feel is the inability of the present board to listen to concerns. Lyda Lanier said the present board has not listened to town residents over the heated issue of a proposed wind turbine project on five townships in Monroe County.
The two-part POWER Initiative is focused on helping Wisconsin businesses, local governments, and homeowners take advantage of renewable energy fuels and technology in Wisconsin.
The proposed generating unit is part of the utility's supply plan for 2006-2013, under which it now wants to build baseload generation by 300 megawatts and wind generation by 200 megawatts.Editor's Note: Note the distinction between baseload generation and wind generation.
When did it happen that the quality of life and safety of humans and wildlife became expendable and unimportant? When did it become acceptable that a widow can’t sell the family farm due to a possible wind development?