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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.

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 »

November 12, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Clear Creek passes moratorium on wind farm development

The Clear Creek Town Board approved a one-year moratorium Monday night on wind farm development in the town. The action came in response to overwhelming demand from town residents who attended a special meeting last week about a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm in southern Eau Claire County. More than 100 people showed up for last week’s meeting at Clear Creek Town Hall, with many calling for a moratorium to give residents more time to study the pros and cons of . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Clear Creek Town Board passes wind farm moratorium

The town of Clear Creek is planning to delay a proposed wind energy development and approved a moratorium at Monday’s meeting. This means, for one year, no permits for wind turbine operations would be approved in the town. The moratorium is in response to a preliminary proposal by RWE Renewable Americas to build between 40 and 70 wind turbines on approximately 20,000 acres of land in the towns of Clear Creek and Pleasant Valley. Town Chairman Lotty Macik said the . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Clear Creek aims to adopt wind moratorium Monday

Clear Creek Town Chairman Lotty Macik hopes to have a resolution drafted by next week calling for a one-year moratorium on wind energy development in the Eau Claire County town. The action is the result of a special meeting of the Town Board on Tuesday at which residents voted 60-15 to direct the board to draft the moratorium. The board plans to adopt it at its Monday meeting. Despite the tight time frame, Macik believes it is possible because he . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Is St. Croix County wind battle over? Town says so

Township leaders have claimed victory in a multi-year battle over a St. Croix County wind farm project, though the energy company behind the project offered no sign that its efforts were through. The town of Forest released a statement Oct. 28 saying it believes the developer, Leeward Renewable Energy, has abandoned plans to erect 44 wind turbines in the rural community about 6 miles northwest of Glenwood City. Town Chairman Jaime Junker said the board based its statement on a . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Eau Claire County wind farm proposal sparks call for moratorium

CLEGHORN – The Clear Creek Town Board will draft a moratorium on wind energy development at its meeting next week in response to overwhelming demand from town residents who attended a meeting Tuesday night about a proposed wind farm in southern Eau Claire County. More than 100 people showed up at an informational meeting Tuesday night at Clear Creek Town Hall to share their views about the potential wind farm, with many calling for a moratorium to give residents more time . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change: Future uncertain for contested wind farm, but developers returning to Wisconsin

After a nearly decade-long battle, a western Wisconsin town has declared victory over a proposed wind farm, though the developer insists the beleaguered project is not dead. If built, it would be only the second new Wisconsin wind farm in eight years, a period when regulatory uncertainty and other factors drove most wind developers out of the state. The St. Croix County town of Forest’s board of supervisors last month unanimously authorized a news release stating “it is more likely . . . Complete story »

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