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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

August 28, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin’s green energy order divides lawmakers along party lines

Wisconsin’s governor wants the state’s power companies to be 100-percent green in the next 30 years. But there are a number of people who say that’s either unrealistic or too expensive to happen. Gov. Tony Evers last week signed an order that will lead to a plan to transition the state to 100 percent renewable power by 2050. “Our state has a responsibility to current and future generations of Wisconsinites to act to prevent continuing damage to our climate and . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators approve Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line

Wisconsin regulators have given preliminary approval for a controversial power line project through southwestern Wisconsin. Members of the Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize construction of Cardinal-Hickory Creek, a high-voltage transmission line between Dubuque and Middleton that is expected to cost about $492 million. The three commissioners, appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, agreed the line will save money for Wisconsin ratepayers while providing access to cheap, clean wind energy from states to the west. Acknowledging the . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin governor orders 100% carbon free by 2050, despite lack of legislative support

Dive Brief: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon free electricity by 2050. The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process, Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, told Utility Dive. Both chambers of Wisconsin’s legislature are Republican majority . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar developers say transmission line key to achieving Tony Evers’ clean energy goal

Wind and solar energy developers and electrical workers are calling on Wisconsin regulators to approve a controversial power line that they say will be critical to meeting the governor’s clean energy goals. A joint venture of American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative, the line would run from Dubuque, Iowa, to Middleton and cost between $474 million and $560 million. Those costs would be passed on to ratepayers in 12 states, with about 15 percent falling to Wisconsin. . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Tony Evers: Wisconsin will be carbon neutral by 2050

Wisconsin will be carbon neutral by 2050 under a plan unveiled Friday by Gov. Tony Evers. Evers set the goal in an executive order that also created a state office dedicated to clean energy and sustainability. The order tasks the new Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy with achieving carbon neutrality within about 30 years, which means shifting the state away from electricity generated by fossil fuels in favor of things like solar and wind power. “For far too long, . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Marathon County wind farm: Landowners sign agreements with Portuguese energy company

WAUSAU – Residents in the southwestern portion of Marathon County could see a wind farm installed as early as 2021. Anywhere from 17 to 27 turbines could be installed in the area by EDP Renewables, according to meeting minutes from a June 6 Marathon County Infrastructure Committee meeting. The issue was brought to the committee first because road agreements would have to be reached because of the weight of the windmills, which have to be transported via truck, said committee . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Crossed wires: Wisconsin transmission proposal sparks debate over best path to 100% clean energy

Despite its purported advantages, the project would require building dozens of towers through the rolling "driftless" landscape of southwestern Wisconsin, a scenic matrix of forest and agriculture with unique cultural and geological features, according to Curt Meine, an academic and non-profit leader who is an authority on the region and also filed testimony with the Public Service Commission. This, the project's high price tag, and doubts about the need for more capacity and improved reliability in Wisconsin have convinced local land and wildlife conservation advocates that the project is not in the public interest. Complete story »

August 6, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine in Randolph currently on fire

RANDOLPH, Wis. – A wind turbine in Randolph is currently on fire. According to Columbia County dispatch, officials received a call at 3:40 p.m. after a report of a wind turbine on fire at East Friesland Road and Highway 33. Officials said the fire department, emergency medical services and first responders were sent from Columbia and Dodge counties. Authorities said it is an active fire and have units at the scene. No injuries have been reported. Complete story »

August 6, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Crews respond to fire at wind turbine in Columbia Co.

Crews are responding to a fire at a wind turbine near Cambria in Columbia County Monday afternoon. Columbia County Communications tells NBC15 that crews are at the scene, just off of Highway 33, waiting for the fire to go out. There are no reports of injuries, and the cause of the fire is not considered suspicious at this time. Complete story »

August 6, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Emergency crews respond to wind turbine fire near Friesland

Friesland firefighters are currently on the scene of a burning wind turbine east of the village on Highway 33, according to Columbia County dispatchers. Emergency crews from Friesland and Randolph EMS responded at 3:40 p.m. Pictures posted to the Baraboo Scanner Facebook page showed the turbine billowing smoke into an otherwise blue sky. This is a developing story. Complete story »

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