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Crews will begin site preparation next week for the largest wind farm in Wisconsin, after state regulators finalized plans for the Glacier Hills Wind Park northeast of Madison. We Energies of Milwaukee said it will erect 90 turbines at the wind farm ...The tab for We Energies' customers isn't yet known, but the company will seek to collect construction costs from ratepayers beginning in 2012, Manthey said.
Invenergy, one of the six largest wind energy companies in the country, according to the American Wind Energy Association, wants the local project to become its 23rd wind farm in the United States. It awaits siting guidelines from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
A proposal for We Energies to buy two homes in the vicinity of a soon-to-be-built wind farm is the only thing standing in the way of building the roads that, a year from now, will lead to a vast collection of wind energy turbines in northeast Columbia County. ...the Public Service Commission required We Energies to "reduce the individual hardships" for two specific households whose homes are located close to an especially large number of proposed turbine locations.
It's free, it's everywhere and some think it's the answer to our ever-increasing energy needs. ...more and more people are speaking out against the projects. "We need to slow down until things get put into place to regulate these industrial monsters to a safe and healthy level," said Jon Morehouse, the spokesman for Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy.
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Residents of five lakeshore communities crowded a town hall Monday night to voice their concerns over a proposed wind farm. Oregon-based Element Power hopes to build 111 wind turbines in five towns in southern Kewaunee and northern Manitowoc Counties: Carlton, West Kewaunee, Mishicot, TwoCreeks and Two Rivers. ...Carlton town chairman Dave Hardtke said he's skeptical about that projection.
A wind farm dispute in Dodge County is catching the attention of state lawmakers who worry the case could affect the future of renewable energy development. "I think this is a Pandora's box that could lead to all sorts of unnecessary litigation," said state Rep. Mark Honadel, R-South Milwaukee. "And I think it's the kind of decision the state Legislature would have to take up in some form."
Invenergy wants to build the first major commercial wind farm in Brown County and the largest in the state. It has signed contracts for about $8,000 a year with numerous property owners permitting 400-foot turbines on their property. Many property owners and residents in the southern Brown County communities have spoken out against the project, citing negative health effects and the potential loss in property values.
Members of the state's Wind Siting Council are deflecting allegations the group is biased toward development. ...Calumet County residents have sued the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. The lawsuit seeks to have the Wind Siting Council's 15 members reselected or have the state's three PSC commissioners reconvene and jointly approve the siting council's roster.
"Developers want to avoid two things working against a project right from the start," said Jim Naleid, a managing partner for Holmen-based AgWind Energy Partners LLC. "They do not want to get people up in arms and arouse anti-wind advocates" ...But town and county leaders argue property negotiations held privately lead to more battles when the proposal finally becomes public.
Many unwilling people are being put in an industrial zone, where their health and property value can and will be negatively affected. We didn't volunteer for the war on global warming; we should not be drafted to suffer for it. Don't kid yourselves -as taxpayers and electrical ratepayers, you will pay for these projects.
Morrison residents are skeptical that a proposed wind farm will be an economic generator for the town, so they are raising their taxes to find out for themselves. "In order to get something, you've got to have some money," said Morrison resident Beverly Kocian. "This project needs more investigating. They say there's going to be jobs, but you can't tell me the people around here are going to be working on these turbines."
Madison Gas & Electric's reluctance to pay nearly three times the going rate for wind farm electricity could kill an estimated $20 million project planned for Springfield. Sun Prairie-based Wave Wind LLC wants to build a six-turbine wind farm. But the cost of the project means MG&E would have to pay 8 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity from the farm, said Dionne Lummus, Wave Wind's business development coordinator.
A local company's plan to build a small wind farm just outside Madison is hanging by a thread amid a standoff with Madison Gas and Electric Co. over the price of electricity to be generated at the site. The company, Wave Wind LLC of Sun Prairie, says it needs 8 cents per kilowatt-hour to make the project viable. MGE is only willing to pay 2.9 cents.
When wind turbines begin to fill the skyline of northeastern Columbia County, We Energies will pay to fix any damage to Columbia County roads that the construction might cause. ...Gravel roads would be built on the leased farmland where the Glacier Hills turbines would be built. Construction crews would use town and county roads (mostly concrete or asphalt) to haul their equipment to and from the site.
The Carlton Town Board approved a one-year moratorium on commercial wind turbines Monday, after more than 50 residents came to a public hearing to oppose the idea. The board unanimously approved the measure on a 3-0 vote after Town Chairman Dave Hardtke said he received six or seven phone calls from residents who were contacted by the Ohio-based Element Energy to lease their property for wind generation.
Construction will start before summer on the Glacier Hills Wind Park north of Madison, We Energies said Thursday as it announced it had hired three Wisconsin firms to design and build the project. State regulators in January approved plans for the $413.5 million Columbia County wind farm. The project will have up to 90 turbines.
The Planning, Development and Transportation Committee will air the controversial topic at its April meeting, although the date hasn't been set. The County Board voted Thursday to send the issue to the committee, but committee Chairman Bernie Erickson said there wasn't enough time to include it on Monday's meeting agenda.
Neighbors irritated by We Energies' continued search for Glacier Hills Wind Park easements have won the right to review changes to a project the state approved two months ago. "If they don't need easements to build the project, then why are they still bothering nonparticipants?" said Friesland resident Gary Steinich. "We didn't ask for this fight."
The controversial decision about how close wind turbines should be placed from homes is now in the hands of the Wisconsin Wind Siting Council. Homeowners who live near wind turbines built in some wind farms in Wisconsin have complained about the turbines and effects including shadow flicker and noise.