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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 14, 2018 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators approve $255 million wind farm for Alliant Energy

Wisconsin regulators gave Alliant Energy approval Thursday to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in northern Iowa that the utility says will help meet its renewable energy goals while saving customers money. With a cost of about $255 million, the Kossuth Wind Project is expected to save ratepayers about $81 million over its 30-year lifespan. Alliant estimates the Kossuth wind farm will produce about 616,000 megawatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to power about 70,000 average Wisconsin households. The project is . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Green Co. residents oppose proposed wind turbine project

A proposed 24 wind turbines could be making their way to Green County next year. Residents are pushing back against the project proposed by EDF Renewables. “It would hurt property taxes, agriculture, and the environment,” Cindy Blanc said. Blanc argues there has been a lack of transparency for residents about this project. She says residents started to find out about it word of mouth a few months ago. EDF Renewables has projects across North America. They focus on clean energy . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Federal agency highlights ‘adverse impacts’ of proposed Wisconsin transmission line in new report

A federal agency has released a draft report outlining the impact the construction and operation of a proposed high-voltage transmission line could have on the environment. Backers of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project say the benefits it will bring by adding renewable energy to the electric grid outweigh the damage that would be caused by construction, as outlined by the Rural Utility Service in its environmental impact statement. “Renewable energy is the only power source that does not present threats to . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

WPS ends operations at Kewaunee County wind farm

The winds of change are blowing across Kewaunee County. Back in 1999, this farm field in the town of Lincoln, made its mark in the field of renewable energy. “These were the first winds farms east of the Mississippi River so we really broke ground here,” said Mick Sagrillo who has lived in Lincoln for 40 years. He spent his career as a consultant in the field of small wind projects, like he has on his property. What came to . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Minnesota company prospecting for wind farm site in Grant County

MONTFORT, Wis. – A Minnesota energy developer is studying the feasibility of constructing a wind farm in Grant County. If the project moves forward, PRC Wind, of Minneapolis, would install 25 to 30 turbines in the townships of Clifton and Wingville. The townships are west of Montfort and Livingston on both sides of U.S. 18. The installations would be capable of generating about 100 megawatts of energy and would represent Grant County’s first wind farm. The company will construct a temporary . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

All wind turbine towers dismantled in the Town of Lincoln

Some of Northeast Wisconsin’s first wind power turbine generators have been completely dismantled in Kewaunee County. Wisconsin Public Service Corporation began removing the 14 windmills in the Town of Lincoln just after they were taken offline at the end of September. WPS Senior Communications Specialist Matt Cullen says the actual removal process went quickly. Cullen says land restoration will be finished by the end of November about a month ahead of schedule. The Town of Lincoln windmills were originally scheduled . . . Complete story »

October 18, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Potential wind farm raises concern in Green County

A potential wind farm is raising concern among residents of Green County. The plan to install more than two dozen wind turbines near the town of Juda has not yet been approved by county officials, but already, several town meetings have been called to discuss the project. For families like the Baumans, this project presents a level of concern. “My initial reaction was disappointment,” said Tammy Bauman, who lives near her parents along a stretch of farmland. “You look out . . . Complete story »

October 10, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

WPS retiring Lincoln Wind Energy Facility in Kewaunee County

If you live in Kewaunee County near the town of Lincoln, you may have noticed workers taking down wind turbines recently. That’s because the turbine’s owners, Wisconsin Public Service, have decided to retire them. The turbines and accompanying towers comprise the Lincoln Wind Energy Facility, which has been in place since 1999. “When it was operational, those 14 towers and turbines were capable of generating 9 megawatts of electricity,” says Matt Cullen of WPS. The utility company has already removed . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2018 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin regulators accept Cardinal-Hickory Creek application, start clock on review of high-voltage power line

Wisconsin regulators have accepted an application from three utilities seeking to build a high-voltage power line between northeast Iowa and Middleton. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Thursday declared the Cardinal-Hickory Creek application complete, triggering a 180-day review period of the project, which has an estimated price tag of more than $500 million and is expected to cost Wisconsin consumers up to $72 million. It’s up to the three-member commission to determine if the project is necessary and beneficial for . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2018 • Opinions, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Fond du Lac wind turbines power renewable energy growth in Wisconsin

Over the years, a main concern with turbines has remained the impact on environment and health. Since the implementation of turbines in areas, there have been reports of noise disturbances or shadow flicker from turbines. Companies work to mitigate these issues. Speaking locally, Dierksheide said if property owners experience shadow flicker, or the repeated passing of a shadow from the rotation of the blades, in excess of 30 hours a year, the issue will be mitigated by the placement of blinds. Complete story »

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