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Regulators have approved the purchase of a proposed wind farm in southwestern Wisconsin that is the state’s first project approved under 12-year-old rules designed to make the process easier for developers. The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and Madison Gas and Electric to spend $162 million on the Red Barn Wind Farm as part of long-term strategies to phase out coal-fired power plants and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are relieved and gratified that the Highland Wind Farm project has been stopped, once and for all. We thank the leadership of Leeward for dong the right thing for our community, but also for the environment,” said Jaime Junker, chair of the Forest Town Board. “Although I am only one board member and it is not practical for the town board to make a formal statement as a board without a board meeting, in time the board will have a chance to put perspective to its and the residents of Forest more than ten-year opposition of the Highland Wind Farm,” he said.
Commissioner Ellen Nowak, the commission’s lone Republican appointee, questioned the premise of the investigation, dubbed the “Roadmap to Zero Carbon.” “Operating the grid with zero carbon as we know it now is a dangerous thing,” she said. “A roadmap to zero carbon is the wrong road to go down. I think we need to go down a road to cleaner energy.” ...“We don’t have a plan to get to literal zero carbon by 2050,” said Commissioner Tyler Huebner. “But we don’t need to solve that today.”
The fate of 250 square miles of the beautiful Driftless region is in the hands of about 50 landowners.
A controversial Green County wind farm — one of only a handful under development in Wisconsin — has been scrapped. EDF Renewables had planned to build 24 turbines in the town of Jefferson near the Illinois border.
The Windaction Group is deeply sadden to hear of Dr. Jay Tibbetts passing. Dr. Tibbetts was a long time physician, a member of the Brown County (Wisconsin) Board of Health and Medical Adviser to the Brown County Health Department. He will long be remembered as a rare public official with the willingness to listen to his constituents regarding the health impacts of wind turbine noise and the courage to put their human health risks ahead of the county's financial interests. In 2014, Dr. Tibbetts was instrumental in the Board of Health declaring a local industrial wind plant as a human health hazard. Brown County’s health code defines a human health hazard as “a substance, activity or condition that is known to have the potential to cause acute or chronic illness or death if exposure to the substance, activity or condition is not abated.” Dr. Tibbetts will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family during this sad time.
The Clear Creek Town Board will draft a moratorium on wind energy development at its meeting next week in response to overwhelming demand from town residents who attended a meeting Tuesday night about a proposed wind farm in southern Eau Claire County. More than 100 people showed up at an informational meeting Tuesday night at Clear Creek Town Hall to share their views about the potential wind farm, with many calling for a moratorium to give residents more time to study the pros and cons on wind energy.
After a nearly decade-long battle, a western Wisconsin town has declared victory over a proposed wind farm, though the developer insists the beleaguered project is not dead. If built, it would be only the second new Wisconsin wind farm in eight years,
Renew Wisconsin and other groups believe wind power is one solution to climate change because it helps reduce carbon emissions. They also cite economic benefits ...But residents who live near proposed wind power sites often see it differently, and an intense fight is playing out in Wisconsin and other states between residents and renewable energy developers as large wind and solar projects crop up.
The 14 wind turbines at the Lincoln Wind Energy facility in Kewaunee County were removed in October.
“We have made the decision to retire the Lincoln wind energy facility in the town of Lincoln in Kewaunee county,” said Cullen. “The turbines at that facility have reached their useful life and they're no longer cost-effective to maintain and operate”
Mueller needs to take action based on evidence in her own community. Fond du Lac County has seen a long list of people filing complaints about wind turbine noise and the resulting health effects. Ignoring evidence that should be relied upon from direct witnesses, residents who have been pleading before the Board of Health at meeting after meeting, is not the way a health officer should respond.
The first wind farm built in Wisconsin in at least five years will open next year and provide power to Dairyland Power Cooperative, the cooperative's CEO said Wednesday.
Without notifying the County Board, the Brown County executive quietly agreed in March to pay a settlement of almost $61,000 to a department head who apparently hadn't done county work in a month.
The project, valued at about $200 million, would generate up to 99 megawatts of electricity, or just barely under the threshold that would require it to obtain a permit from the state Public Service Commission. Tutos says permits for the project have been in hand for years but the project is moving ahead now that EDP is in "advanced stages" of negotiating an agreement to sell the power generated by the wind farm.
Positions on the board, though unpaid, are considered key because the panel has oversight of issues such as complaints about possible health effects from the Shirley Wind Farm in southern Brown, and odors near the Sanimax plant near the Howard-Green Bay line.
Three or four decades ago, we were all warned that the world would soon run out of oil, so we should pursue alternative energy – solar power, wind power, nuclear power, tidal power. All the talk about alternative sources of energy was exciting. I thought then an electric car would be neat, if it could travel more than 40 miles or so. I also thought it would great to have a roof that converts sunlight into all the electricity one needs to run a home.
Sanchez, a nurse appointed to the board last month, questioned Krogh's credentials. Krogh was scheduled this past week to deliver a presentation entitled "Harm from Wind Turbines: What Has Been Known for Decades," at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
For the policy update section of the report, the majority voted to exclude any discussion of noise limits and setback distances used by other countries, even though much of the empirical research in the report was conducted in Europe where noise and setback limits are more restrictive than in Wisconsin. Consequently, the report presents an apples-to-oranges comparison, rendering its conclusions largely irrelevant for informing Wisconsin wind siting policymaking. Finally, the majority voted to make NO recommendations to the legislature, despite a significant number of important recommendations for legislative changes that the minority deemed necessary and submitted for inclusion in the report. The resulting WSC report amounts to nothing more than wind industry propaganda. Don’t trust it.
Highland Wind Farm LLC, citing project delays due to a legal appeal, on Sept. 10 asked the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a two-year extension on a construction start deadline.