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Act relating to actions for damages caused by wind energy systems  

Author:  | Health, Law, Property values, Wisconsin

This bill states that, in an action for damages caused by a wind energy system, the prevailing plaintiff may recover damages for his or her physical and emotional harm, compensation for loss of property value and for expenses incurred by the injured person if he or she moves as a result of harms caused by a wind energy system, and other damages. The bill allows a prevailing plaintiff to recover reasonable attorney fees. Under the bill, if a wind energy system is located within one and a half miles from the plaintiff’s residence, it is not a defense to the action to assert that the wind energy system was operating pursuant to an appropriate legal permit or local governmental approval.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. 895.095 of the statutes is created to read:

895.095 Actions for damages caused by wind energy systems.

(1) In this section, “wind energy system” has the meaning given in s. 66.0403(1)(m).

(2) In an action for damages caused by a wind energy system, the court shall grant a prevailing plaintiff all of the following:

(a) Actual damages for physical and emotional harm suffered by the plaintiff, including for medical expenses, pain, and suffering.

(b) Compensation for loss of value to any property owned by the plaintiff that was caused by the proximity of the property to the wind energy system.

(c) Compensation for expenses incurred by the plaintiff for moving to another residence to escape the effects of the wind energy system.

(d) Any lost profits that are attributable to the proximity of the wind energy system to the plaintiff’s residence and that were not taken into account in determining the amount of actual damages under par. (a).

(e) Notwithstanding the limitations under s. 799.25 or 814.04, costs, disbursements, and reasonable attorney fees.

(3) If a wind energy system is located within 1.5 miles of the residence of a plaintiff in an action to recover damages caused by the wind energy system, it is not a defense to claim that the public service commission granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the wind energy system under s. 196.491 (3) or that an application for the wind energy system was approved under s. 66.0401(4).

(End)

2013 Wisconsin Senate Bill 167
April 30, 2013
Introduced by Senator Lasee, cosponsored by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Jacque, Bies and Schraa.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

The Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hold a public hearing on SB167:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
10:30 AM
Room 412 East in the State Capitol

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