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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."
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.
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.
The attorney representing two Oakfield residents in a case against Chicago-based Invenergy LLC wants the results of a sheriff's sale this week. ...The property, appraised at $320,000 in 2007, sold to the Bank of New York Mellon at a sheriff's sale Tuesday for $106,740.
Haas has three turbines spinning on his farmland. He makes about $15,000 a year just for having them there. That's a nice side income with no extra work involved. ...That extra money? Haas now says it isn't worth it. He blames the wind turbines for damaging his crops and interfering with his TV reception.
Imagine dozens of wind turbines, standing 400 feet tall, stretching across the farm fields of southern Brown County. They'd be spinning, day and night, for at least the next 30 years.
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.
A Chicago-based wind developer says the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has no legal basis to assert jurisdiction over a lawsuit filed by an Oakfield family that claims the Forward Energy Wind Farm caused them personal injury and diminished their property value.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"The Wirtzes were forced out of their home by the noise and vibration of the wind turbines," said Edward Marion, the family's lawyer. "So, they lost all the money in their house, and they lost the value of their livestock, which is a herd of alpacas."
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."
The Brown County Health Department will look into the impact of wind turbines on human health. Supervisor Patrick Evans, chairman of the Human Services committee, said he thinks the turbines proposed for southern Brown County pose a potential health danger and wants a study conducted.
Two Oakfield residents Thursday sued Chicago-based Invenergy LLC for damages they suffered as a result of the development of the Forward Wind Energy Center near Brownsville.
A man who suffers from Tinnitus is worried if a wind farm goes up near his home, his ears would never stop ringing. "I'll be like a man in a torture chamber," said Bernie Hagen. Wisconsin based Allina Energy will begin building the Bent Tree Wind Farm in Freeborn County in April. 122 turbines will sprout up across 32,500 acres.
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.
Fond du Lac County has somewhat become the poster child for the cause -- a new wave of energy sweeping through Wisconsin. "We have no issue with wind turbines per se, but we have a big issue with how they're currently being sited in parts of Wisconsin," Ron Dietrich of the Calumet County Citizens for Responsible Energy said.
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.