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The Public Service Commission has been taking the lead in trying to forge a compromise - holding discussions with wind developers and wind critics, said utility spokeswoman Kristin Ruesch. "Negotiations between the parties are still going on, and the PSC is trying to help find consensus," Ruesch said.
The motion for the moratorium, which would have temporarily prevented construction of turbines with a capacity of more than 100 kilowatts, failed 14-8, with two supervisors absent and board chairman Paul Tittl abstaining because he owns stock in Broadwind Energy.
Some of you may be aware that the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin appointed a committee of experts to create statewide wind siting rules, but may not know the majority of that committee benefits financially from the wind industry.
Plans to build a 154-foot wind turbine to generate power for the Milwaukee Port Authority stalled Thursday over the lack of minority and female business participation in the lowest bid on the construction contract.
The Massachusetts-based company is eliminating about 150 positions worldwide due to falling revenues, it announced Wednesday. ...The announcement is a significant blow to the firm, which had been touted in 2009 by President Obama as an example of the growing "green energy" sector in the U.S.
Town officials in Spring Valley are considering a new moratorium on wind turbines after the largest wind company in North America inquired about town wind ordinances.
Renewable energy supporters say the proposal, coupled with a plan to import hydroelectric power from Canada and new moves to restrict the location of wind turbines, amounts to a "stealth campaign" to repeal a requirement that 10% of the state's electricity must come from renewable sources by 2015.
Energy Composites Corp. faced a Friday deadline to either reach an agreement with Wisconsin Rapids or sell the nearly 94 acres back to the city ...As part of the original development agreement, the city would have paid $1.5 million for infrastructure costs and $6,000 for each full-time job the company created on or before Dec. 31, 2012, up to $3.8 million.
Noe cites the recent suspension of PSC 128 by the Wisconsin Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules as the most convincing evidence that Wisconsin is not interested in working with the highly lucrative wind energy industry.
"With the recent suspension of PSC Rule 128 contributing to the state's regulatory uncertainty, we've had to reevaluate our planned investments in Wisconsin."
One of the largest developers of wind energy in the country canceled its plans to build a 100-turbine wind farm in southern Brown County, citing too many unknowns from state regulators.
In an emotion-filled meeting that at one point had Town Chairman Don Kittell call in police officers when residents began chanting and shouting, the board reversed an earlier vote to approve the permits.
"The purpose of this hearing was not about whether wind is effective but whether this rule by the PSC was reasonable or not. We are trying to balance the needs of industry workers and health-concerned citizens," JCRAR co-chair Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, said. "The health issue from testimony was the determining factor in my vote."
Statewide standards for siting wind power projects adopted last year by the state Public Service Commission may be blocked from taking effect. The state Legislature's Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules has scheduled an executive session for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Madison. ...In a statement Monday, senior policy director Keith Reopelle at the environmental group Clean Wisconsin said the committee is expected to vote to suspend the new rule.
At its board meeting Thursday, Feb. 10, the town of Troy passed a resolution putting a temporary moratorium in place for the development of wind-energy turbines in and around the town. A four-man committee was organized by town chair Ray Knapp to look into the “what and how” of possible turbine energy generators and to make an ordinance for the town regarding the building, regulation and usage of possible turbines in the future.
At its board meeting Thursday, Feb. 10, the town of Troy passed a resolution putting a temporary moratorium in place for the development of wind-energy turbines in and around the town.
Several board members in the Town of Forest in Saint Croix County have been ousted by voters this week for approving major wind energy projects. ...The group is concerned about diminished land values and noise pollution from the turbines, which could be up to 500 feet tall.
As part of his special session on jobs and the economy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed legislation which would revise the rules for siting wind turbines in Wisconsin. The bill is not advancing through the legislative process, but the issue if far from dead. This week a legislative committee will begin the process of reviewing existing rules, and the committee members may well recommend the sorts of changes proposed by Walker.
Of 10 bills considered by the Legislature in the special session that began Jan. 4, the wind siting bill is the only one that didn't clear the state Assembly. Legislative leaders last week decided to stop consideration of the Walker bill, saying they would move to address wind siting in a different way. The move came one week after Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's largest business lobby, announced its opposition to the wind siting bill. It's the only plank of Walker's special session platform that WMC opposed.
Hundreds have packed a legislative hearing on how far energy-generating wind turbines should be located from property lines. Republicans on the rule committee told state regulators they're worried the rules allow turbines to be built so close to property lines neighbors could get hurt.