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Suit filed over St. Croix County wind farm  

Credit:  Wisconsin Ag Connection | 01/15/2014 | www.wisconsinagconnection.com ~~

A local township in St. Croix County has filed a civil action suit in an attempt to stop a proposed wind farm from being developed. In September, the Public Service Commission gave its approval to the Highland Wind Farm after denying the same request back in February 2013. Now the town of Forest is taking the issue to court in hopes to set aside the PSC’s decision.

The town claims that area residents who suffer from health issues could be effected by the turbines’ noise. Attorneys for the town filed a motion in November asking the PSC to reconsider its approval, but the agency denied that motion last month.

The wind facility was first proposed in December 2011 by the Madison-based Emerging Energies of Wisconsin. At a cost of $250 million, the farm would include 44 wind turbines, with an electric generating capacity of up to 102.5 megawatts.

The farm will be built in the towns of Forest and Cylon, about an hour northwest of Eau Claire.

A court date will be set to hear the arguments once a judge is assigned to the case.

Source:  Wisconsin Ag Connection | 01/15/2014 | www.wisconsinagconnection.com

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