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State panel dismisses family's wind farm complaint

A family seeking payback for health, business and property losses allegedly caused by a wind farm suffered a setback Thursday when the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin rejected the complaint. PSC Chairman Eric Callisto said the commission is not the proper forum for personal injury claims ...Madison-based attorney Ed Marion, who represents the Wirtzes, said "We're disappointed by the decision but not entirely surprised."
27 May 2010

Wind turbine foes press Brown County to ask Wisconsin for further studies

The citizens group contesting the proposed locations of wind turbines in southern Brown County has asked county officials to take an active role in convincing the state to further study the health and safety impact. In more than two hours of presentations before a joint meeting of the county's Human Services Committee and Board of Health, group members cited sleep disorders, physical danger and well contamination among their reasons.
25 May 2010

Health risk of wind turbines debated; Opponents say wind farms cause sleep disorders

A group of Brown County residents working to stop the wind farm proposed for the southern part of the county cites reports from the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health that suggest wind turbines located too close to homes or schools cause negative health impacts. "It is my opinion as a physician that the best evidence supports that building large wind energy turbines in close proximity to humans has a negative impact on the health," wrote Dr. Herbert Coussons.
24 May 2010

Battle over proposed Brown County wind farms continues; PSC to decide on site regulation

The fight over whether Brown County should be home to Wisconsin's largest wind farm continues as state regulators debate rules over such energy-producing facilities. "Our purpose is to give our towns a voice," said Steve Deslauriers, who lives in the town of Holland. He also is a member of the Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy, a volunteer group fighting the proposed widespread installation of turbines.
25 Apr 2010

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.
21 Apr 2010

Oakfield family's lawsuit could affect the future of wind farms

Jason and Ann Wirtz filed a noise complaint with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission earlier this month arguing that noise created by the surrounding turbines in the Forward Wind Energy Center created health issues for their family, created havoc with their alpaca-breeding herd, and forced them to leave their home. "Invenergy has a responsibility not to inflict hardship on the people. That's in the law," said Ed Marion, legal counsel for the Wirtzes.
18 Apr 2010

Oakfield couple files PSC complaint over wind farm

For years, Jason and Ann Wirtz poured countless hours into transforming their country farmstead into a place where they could raise their family and grow old together. That dream has been blown away by the wind towers that sprang up around their County Trunk YY farmhouse located a half-mile north of Highway 49. Just 18 months after the 86-turbine Forward Energy Wind Center went online, the couple abandoned the home.
18 Apr 2010

Family files wind farm complaint with PSC

A former town of LeRoy family has filed a formal complaint, April 1, with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission against Invenergy, a Chicago based energy company that owns the Forward Wind Energy Center located in Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties. Jason and Ann Wirtz and their four children used to reside in a home on Highway YY in the town of LeRoy which was situated within the FWEC.
15 Apr 2010

Noise complaint generates wind farm fears

A family's noise complaint against Invenergy LLC and its Forward Energy Wind Center in Brownsville is spooking wind farm developers trying to do business in the state. "I think it would have a devastating effect in Wisconsin," said Jim Naleid, managing director of Holmen-based AgWind Energy Partners LLC. "People are already avoiding the state because of the political trouble you can face getting a wind farm approved, and now this could just deter them further."
2 Apr 2010

Wind farms cause controversy among community

Long after it began operating south of Fond du Lac with more than 80 wind turbines, the Forward Wind Energy Center divides residents as sharply as it did when the project was announced five years ago. Opponents of the operations insist that wind turbines are jeopardizing people's health and destroying the area's peaceful aesthetics. Supporters [are] certain that wind energy is liberating the United States from air pollution and dependence on foreign oil.
24 Jan 2010

The war over wind; Critics say green groups are too tight with industry

It was the strangest sensation Lynda Barry ever felt: a near-constant vibration within her body. ...Barry was standing in a house in Fond du Lac County, near a wind farm. The vibration she felt was created by wind-power turbines, one just 1,100 feet away. These were part of the Blue Sky Green Fields wind project, 88 wind towers owned and operated by We Energies. The owners of the house complained of ringing in their ears anytime the wind turbines and their 100-foot blades were spinning.
10 Sep 2009
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