I live about 2,100 feet from a wind generator and had experienced interference on my television as soon as it went into operation.
Cedar Ridge Wind Farm made arrangements to remedy the interference. I was given two years of basic Satellite TV service at no cost.
Then, I received a notice that Alliant, owners of the wind farm, had decided to grant us compensation equal to the cost of getting only the Green Bay local channels. All I needed to do was to sign a “Release of Claim,” which states in part “the undersigned… hereby fully and forever releases and discharges Wisconsin Power and Light … from any and all claims, demands, actions and/or rights … arising from…”
The three paragraphs protect Alliant forever in every way from any future actions. There is no mention of what we might expect in the coming years.
Does this sound like a good faith effort to correct a wrong done to those of us who have no commercial interest in the wind farms?
Feeling put upon by Alliant following both written and oral communications with their representative, last February I proceeded to contact my local Assembly representative, Richard Spanbauer. I received a letter from him stating, “The Joint Rules Committee recently held a public hearing about the proposed rules changes.”
He offered no suggestions regarding the restraints Alliant is imposing upon us.
Sensing that I might get a better response from our native son, U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, I delivered copies of all correspondence to his office in Fond du Lac. No response. I sent an email to him reminding him of my concern. No response.
I suppose my next attempt at obtaining fair treatment from Alliant would be to file a class action. Why must it come to that?
Town of Empire
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