March 25, 2009
General, Health, Ordinances, Regulations, Safety, Wisconsin

What’s in a Large Wind Ordinance? And How Does a Town Create One?

Better Plan, Wisconsin

A Look at the History, Research, and Content of the Town of Union’s Large Wind Ordinance [1], Step by Step, A to Z Guide

Also see the Union, Wisc., Large Wind Turbine Citizens Committee Setback Recommendations Report [2].

Union Label [3]

How does an ordinance protect a township? [4] The latest from the wind developer’s lawsuits against the Towns of Ridgeville and Wilton.

A is for Assume: [5] What they say about the word “assume” and what that has to do with industrial turbine noise and the state of Wisconsin’s 1,000-foot setback

B is for Basics: [6] Setbacks: How far should a 400-foot- tall industrial wind turbine be built from your door? And:  Industrial wind turbine setback issues in the news

C is for Construction: [7] Impacts to town roads. And:  Turbine road–related problems in the news.

D is for Dear State Senator: [8] With a response from Senator Erpenbach. And:  “NIMBY”s in the news and pictures of what less than a 2640 foot setback looks like.

E is for Explain [9]

F is for Flicker [10]

G is for Ground Current: [11] What is stray voltage and why is it a problem?

H is for Help! [12] What did the EMS helicopter pilot say about rescues near wind turbines?

I is for Ice Throw [13] (plus update [14])

J is for Jurisdiction: [15] A step-by-step look at how a Wisconsin township came to create one of the best large wind ordinances in the state. Click here for a PDF of the text (no graphics). [16]

K is for Kamperman and James: [17] A look at some of the documents about turbine noise which were used in creating the Town of Union Large Wind Ordinance

L is for Letters to Lepinski: [18] What life is like in a wind farm with a 1,000-foot setback

M is for Members of the Committee & Mills Farm Life [19]

N is for NOISE: [20] What it’s like to live inside of an industrial wind farm

P is for Pressure, Permits, Powerlines, and the PSC [21]

R is for Research, References and Readability: Parts One (recitals), Two (findings: general, noise, setbacks), [22] and Three (wind turbine noise) [23]

S is for Sound: [24] What is the difference between Sound and Noise and why does it matter?

S is also for Safety: [25] Doctors speak out about industrial wind turbines and health concerns

S is for Setbacks: [26] Why 1,000 feet from your door is just too close

T is for Turbine: [27] The anatomy of a 400 foot tall industrial machine – below ground level

T is for Turbine: [28] What goes up sometimes crashes to the ground

T is for Turbine: [29] The visual anatomy of a 400 foot industrial machine from the ground up

U is for Unsafe: [30] How the State of Wisconsin failed to protect the people of Byron Township

V is for Vibroacoustic Disease (VAD): [31] What is it, what does it have to do with the siting of industrial-scale wind turbines, and why isn’t the state of Wisconsin paying attention?

W is for Wildlife: [32] What we now know about bats and industrial wind turbines, and a candid look at how post-construction bat and bird mortality studies are being conducted in the Forward Energy wind farm

X is for FiX What’s Broken: [33] Why these Johnsburg and Malone wind farm residents are asking for help

Y is for a Year and a Day: [34] 366 days in a PSC-approved industrial wind farm

Z is for Zero Regard for Residents’ Concerns: [35] the wind farm strong-arm in New Ulm


URL to article:  https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/whats-in-a-large-wind-ordinance-and-how-does-a-town-create-one/


URLs in this post:

[1] Town of Union’s Large Wind Ordinance: http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/?p=770

[2] Union, Wisc., Large Wind Turbine Citizens Committee Setback Recommendations Report: https://docs.wind-watch.org/LWTCC-Town-of-Union_FinalReport_01-14-08.pdf

[3] Image: https://docs.wind-watch.org/union-label.gif

[4] How does an ordinance protect a township?: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/8/12908-whats-in-a-large-wind-ordinance-and-how-does-a-town-cr.html

[5] A is for Assume:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/9/12908-what-they-say-about-the-word-assume-and-what-that-has.html

[6] B is for Basics:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/11/121208-part-3-of-our-look-at-the-history-and-content-of-the.html

[7] C is for Construction:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/16/121608-c-is-for-construction-part-four-of-our-look-at-the-hi.html

[8] D is for Dear State Senator:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/17/121708-d-is-for-dear-legislators-how-much-do-you-know-about.html

[9] E is for Explain: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/19/121908-e-is-for-explain-part-6-of-our-look-at-the-history-an.html

[10] F is for Flicker: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/21/122208-f-is-for-flicker-part-seven-of-our-look-at-the-histor.html

[11] G is for Ground Current:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/24/122408-g-is-for-ground-current-part-8-in-our-look-at-the-his.html

[12] H is for Help!: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/24/122708-h-is-for-help-what-did-the-ems-helicopter-pilot-say-a.html

[13] I is for Ice Throw: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/28/122808-i-is-for-ice-throw-part-nine-in-our-look-at-the-histo.html

[14] plus update: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2008/12/29/123008-i-is-for-ice-throw-video-of-iced-turbine-in-the-town.html

[15] J is for Jurisdiction:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/1/9/1908-j-is-for-jursidiction-a-step-by-step-look-at-how-a-wisc.html

[16] Click here for a PDF of the text (no graphics).: https://docs.wind-watch.org/union-ordinance-step-by-step.pdf

[17] K is for Kamperman and James:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/1/10/11009-k-is-for-kamperman-and-james-a-look-at-some-of-the-doc.html

[18] L is for Letters to Lepinski:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/1/12/11208-l-is-for-letters-to-lepinski-what-life-is-like-in-a-wi.html

[19] M is for Members of the Committee & Mills Farm Life: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/1/17/121909-m-is-for-members-of-the-committee-and-mills-fleet-far.html

[20] N is for NOISE:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/1/21/12108-n-is-for-noise-whats-it-like-to-live-inside-of-a-wind.html

[21] P is for Pressure, Permits, Powerlines, and the PSC: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/1/29/12908-p-is-for-pressure-permits-powerlines-and-the-public-se.html

[22] One (recitals), Two (findings: general, noise, setbacks),: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/2/2209-r-is-for-research-references-and-readability-a-closer-l.html

[23] Three (wind turbine noise): http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/6/2609-r-is-for-research-references-and-readability.html

[24] S is for Sound:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/8/2809-s-is-for-sound-what-is-the-difference-between-sound-and.html

[25] S is also for Safety:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/11/21109-s-is-also-for-safety-what-doctors-are-saying-about-ind.html

[26] S is for Setbacks:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/14/11408-s-is-for-setbacks-why-1000-feet-is-just-too-close.html

[27] T is for Turbine:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/17/21909-t-is-for-turbine-the-anatomy-industrial-scale-wind-tur.html

[28] T is for Turbine:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/23/22209-t-is-for-turbine-what-goes-up-sometimes-crashes-to-the.html

[29] T is for Turbine:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/25/12609-t-is-for-turbine-the-visual-anatomy-of-a-400-foot-indu.html

[30] U is for Unsafe:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/27/22708-u-is-for-unsafe-how-the-state-of-wisconsin-failed-to-p.html

[31] V is for Vibroacoustic Disease (VAD):: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/2/28/22809-v-is-for-vibro-acoustic-disease-and-what-it-has-to-do.html

[32] W is for Wildlife:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/3/1/3209-w-is-for-wildlife-what-we-now-know-about-bats-and-indus.html

[33] X is for FiX What’s Broken:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/3/2/3309-x-is-for-fix-whats-broken-why-these-johnsburg-wind-farm.html

[34] Y is for a Year and a Day:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/3/4/3309-y-is-for-year-and-a-day-366-days-in-a-psc-approved-indu.html

[35] Z is for Zero Regard for Residents’ Concerns:: http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/3/6/3509-z-is-for-zero-regard-for-residents-concerns-the-wind-fa.html