Wind Power News: Wisconsin
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Madison Gas & Electric has the green light from state regulators to build a wind farm in northeastern Iowa in 2018 to serve its customers. It is one of several wind projects on the drawing board, in the works, or recently completed, statewide. MGE’s Saratoga wind farm is a $107 million project to be built near Saratoga, Iowa, about 200 miles west of Madison. It won unanimous approval from the three-member state Public Service Commission on Thursday. “MGE is committed . . .
Dr. Coussons – Robert Rand – Dr. McCunney – Mark Werner – Presentations and Q & A BCCRWE is reissuing this press release to bring to your attention the following: The meeting video YouTube address has been changed to https://youtu.be/2kvoZO-DEho as a result of Brown County removing the video from the internet. Full transcripts have been made of the presentations by Dr. Herb Coussons and Robert Rand, as well as of the questions they were asked during the Q & A . . .
GLENMORE – Glenmore’s Plan Commission is recommending a strong message to the owners of the Shirley Wind Farm: Stop annoying nearby residents, or risk losing your permit to operate in the town. By a 6-0 vote, the commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Board direct Duke Energy Renewables to work to eliminate a phenomenon, called “shadow flicker,” that has prompted complaints from some people living near the turbines at Shirley Wind. Under the recommendation, Duke would have 90 days to . . .
SUAMICO – A sound expert said Tuesday the Shirley Wind Farm is making some people who live near it sick. But an occupational-health expert insists it isn’t. Duke Energy Renewables, which owns the eight wind turbines, says it has had no health complaints from its employees who work on and around the site. Dr. Herbert Coussons, a Green Bay physician, says he has treated six area residents for illnesses related to the facility. For more than four hours Tuesday, four . . .
Do wind turbines have an impact on your health? It’s a question, those on both sides of the debate, discussed Tuesday night at Bay Port High School. It’s been a constant discussion in Brown County after people living near the Shirley Wind Farm claim it’s negatively impacted their health. The wind turbines went up in 2010. The meeting was hosted by Brown County’s Human Services Committee and Board of Health. The chairman said the goal of the meeting was to . . .
WISCONSIN – Four experts shared research on wind turbines and health at Bay Port High School on Tuesday night, as many residents who live in Shirley and Fond du Lac have complained that the wind turbines near their homes are hurting their quality of life. The panel was organized by Richard Schadewald, a Brown County supervisor who also serves as the chair of the Brown County Board of Health. He said he’s impartial to the issue, but understands the residents . . .
Brown County residents hoping for a change, after they say turbines from Shirley Wind Farm have caused serious illnesses for their families. The wind farm went up back in 2010, with eight turbines in the Shirley area. Since then, nearby families have said the turbines cause more harm than good. The Enz family of Denmark, even abandoning their home back in 2011, saying it was too dangerous to live in. Action 2 News spoke with other neighbors who decided to . . .
SUAMICO – Experts will discuss wind turbines and their possible effects on human health Tuesday during a public meeting in Suamico. Brown County officials have invited four authorities to discuss issues and answer questions from people who have concerns about potential impact from the turbines at the Shirley Wind Farm. Richard Schadewald, a county supervisor who heads the Board of Health, said the event will feature scientists from multiple sides of the wind issue. Some people, including several living near . . .
Battle lines are widening as the prospective paths narrow for a proposed high-powered transmission line through southwestern Wisconsin. Developers of the planned Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line from the Madison area to Iowa have shrunk the two corridors under consideration. Previously mile-wide swaths, the paths have been pared to 300 feet across and are being identified as “preliminary” routes, up for government analysis. American Transmission Co., of Pewaukee; ITC Midwest, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Dairyland Power Cooperative, of La Crosse, . . .
A proposed transmission line that would span from southeast Iowa to Middleton has environmental activists split. Despite being in the planning stages, the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line has emerged as a divisive issue in the region. While the exact route hasn’t been finalized, the line would crisscross the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, with the intent of connecting wind farms in the area to the power grid. Advocates for the project, which would cost an estimated $500 million, say it’s needed . . .