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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.

June 12, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

PSC denies request to block Green County wind farm

Wisconsin regulators voted Thursday to deny a request from some Green County residents to stop construction of a controversial wind farm near Monroe. The 65-megawatt Sugar River Wind project proposed by EDF Renewables would consist of 24 turbines in the town of Jefferson near the Illinois border. A group of 56 people who live or own property within the 5,870-acre project area but don’t have leases with the developer appealed the county’s approval, arguing the county continued to gather information . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Evers appoints renewable energy leader to PSC

Huebner has served as the executive director of Renew Wisconsin since 2013. The nonprofit group works to promote renewable energy in the state, including programs that expand solar power, wind power, local hydropower, geothermal energy and electric vehicles. Complete story »

February 28, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Why a Wisconsin clean energy power line may do more harm than good

CASSVILLE, Wis. – An electrical substation along the Mississippi River is all that remains of the Nelson Dewey Generating Station, one of the dozens of coal-fired power plants that closed across the Midwest during the past decade. Demolishing the aging Dewey plant, named after Wisconsin’s first governor, marked another victory in a long battle to improve air quality, fight climate change and shift the region toward cleaner, less expensive energy. Conservationists hoped the site would someday be added to Nelson Dewey’s . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Administration Committee supports local input on wind farms

The Eau Claire County Administration Committee supported a resolution requesting changes at the state level to give local residents more input on the siting of wind farms. During its meeting Tuesday afternoon, committee members unanimously voted in favor of the proposed resolution, which says the county supports local entities having input on large projects that exceed 100 megawatts. According to current state statute, permits for wind farms would be approved by the state Public Service Commission. The town of Clear . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2020 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Brenda Salseg: PSC’s inaction on wind siting must end

Dear Editor: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s Wind Siting Council did not convene in 2019 as required by state statute to review new studies relevant to the PSC 128 rules and report to the Legislature on its findings. In fact, four of 15 Council seats remain vacant, including a UW faculty health expert, a position unfilled since 2012. 18,000 Wisconsin residents are living with industrial wind projects. A substantial percentage of families have documented health issues, such as disrupted sleep, . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2020 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms near homes isn’t a win-win

I disagree with the Nov. 19 letter to the editor “Wind power can help rural areas.” The letter was about a large wind project proposed for the town of Forest by Texas-based Leeward Energy Corporation. While our town board appreciates the global need to generate electricity from sources other than coal, the stalled $250 million Highland Wind Farm project is financially risky and environmentally insensitive at best. Wisconsin is not facing an electric shortage, and regulators just approved a high-voltage . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Dane, Iowa counties challenge power line approval, says regulators abused discretion

Four local governments are asking state courts to block a proposed high-voltage power line through southwestern Wisconsin, saying regulators abused their discretion and violated their own rules when they approved the $492 million project. Dane and Iowa counties each filed petitions Thursday in their respective circuit courts seeking to overturn the Public Service Commission’s September order approving construction of the line known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek. The three-member PSC unanimously authorized the line, finding it would improve reliability of the electric . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2019 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa Utilities Board holding hearing on Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line

The Iowa Utilities Board is hearing arguments this week on a proposed transmission line that would affect some residents in the Dubuque area. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek line would span 100 miles from Dane County, Wisconsin through Dubuque County. Three companies are involved in this: ITC Midwest, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and American Transmission Company (ATC). ITC spokesperson Rod Pritchard says the new line will have many benefits, including, “increased reliability to the system, expanded system capacity, and access to more different . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

County cannot issue wind energy moratorium

Eau Claire County does not have authority to adopt a development moratorium for a wind energy farm, its attorney said in a letter to a county committee. The Eau Claire County Committee on Planning and Development received this information in a letter from corporation counsel Tim Sullivan during its regular meeting Tuesday night. To spread awareness of the issue, the committee voted to bring that information to the Eau Claire County Board at next month’s meeting. The Clear Creek Town . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy moratorium may be unenforceable

The Clear Creek Town Board may have passed a one-year moratorium Monday night on construction of wind turbines, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the document will halt development of a wind farm proposed in the town. Though the board dutifully approved the moratorium called for by the vast majority of residents who attended a special town meeting Nov. 5, state and local officials said their interpretation of state law is that local municipalities are prohibited from enacting regulations on large . . . Complete story »

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