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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.

June 14, 2019 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Plain Talk: Share your views on ATC’s proposed southwestern Wisconsin line

The battle over ATC’s plan to build a new high-voltage transmission line from Dubuque to Middleton, with towers as tall as a 17-story building, is far from over. Although the state Public Service Commission has accepted ATC’s preferred route through southwestern Wisconsin, it still hasn’t given the transmission company permission to build it. Instead, it has scheduled another series of hearings for later in the month to gather more views and information about the effects of the line on the . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2019 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Madison destroys rural environment

The green initiatives coming from Madison to place solar panels and wind farms in rural areas is just plain wrong and exploits our rural communities for the benefit of the urbanites. Rural communities pretty much provide everything for the city dwellers, from the lumber products used to build their flats, to the energy, water and food on their tables. Now these same urbanites want to exploit our countryside with massive solar and wind farms destroying our rural habitat so they . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin sees growing interest in wind production

Wisconsin and the nation are seeing increased interest around wind energy. The declining cost of wind production and utilities that are pledging to reduce carbon emissions are playing a role in wind developments. In the Twin Ports, wind turbine shipments are expected to be up after a lull last year, according to Jayson Hron with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. He said they’ve already seen two shipments of tower components. “In addition, the blades are coming in soon,” he said. . . . Complete story »

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

Cardinal-Hickory Creek: Utilities want to question leader of opposition group; ACLU objects

Utility companies seeking to build a $500 million power line across southwestern Wisconsin want to know what’s motivating one opposition group, prompting a rebuke from the American Civil Liberties Union. The Driftless Area Land Conservancy is fighting efforts by three utilities to build a high-voltage transmission line between Dubuque and Madison. Attorneys for the utilities have sought to question DALC executive director David Clutter and to force the land trust to turn over eight years of internal communications regarding the . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Public hearings set for June on proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line

Wisconsin utility regulators have scheduled a series of six public hearings on a proposed power line through across the southwest corner of the state. Members of the public can offer opinions on the $500 million high-voltage transmission line known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek during meetings June 25-27 in Madison, Dodgeville and Lancaster. A joint venture of American Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative, the line would stretch more than 100 miles between Dubuque and Middleton. Proponents, including the utilities . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines proposal whips up dispute in rural Wisconsin

Cindy Blanc, 57, and her 61-year-old husband, Peter Minucci, are freelance musicians who moved to 5 acres in the countryside in south-central Wisconsin for the scenic views and serenity. Blanc leans against the glass door to her expansive backyard where they see a lot of wildlife, including owls. “This is the best place to watch stars ever because there’s no light out here,” she said. “Now we’ll have … flashing lights.” Blanc was referring to a plan for 24 wind . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Alliant Energy proposing utility increases to pay for wind investments

Madison, Wisconsin – Alliant Energy customers could be paying more on their gas and electric bills soon. A release form the company says a residential home with average usage per month in electricity would rise an additional $20 to $102. For gas rates, it’s a $7 increase to $35. The proposal is to help offset investments into wind energy and infrastructure with hope of addition savings into the future according to the company. Alliant projects the wind additions will save . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Tony Evers proposes carbon-free electricity by 2050

Gov. Tony Evers is proposing to require the state’s utilities be carbon-free by 2050. The proposal, which would go further than the self-imposed goals of almost all utilities, is part of a budget that would also significantly increase state funding for renewable energy and conservation. Wisconsin would join Hawaii, which has established a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, and California, which last year adopted a bill mandating carbon-free electricity by the same deadline. Minnesota and Michigan have . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Massive solar proposal divides community

Bob Bishop is a 61-year-old farmer living in dairy country in southwestern Wisconsin. Today he is helping his two sons pull a downed tree off of a fence line, stepping through piles of cow manure and corn stalks as he drags the branches into the big claw of a skid loader. Soon, the family will stop raising dairy cows because the industry is in trouble. In 2018, Wisconsin lost 638 dairy farms because of falling milk prices. And the Bishops, . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

In Wisconsin, many oppose transmission line to bring western wind power

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission will in coming months determine the fate of a proposed 120-mile high-voltage transmission line stretching from Iowa to central Wisconsin, with scores of organizations and individuals preparing to weigh in during a series of public meetings. Proponents of the proposed 345-kilovolt Cardinal-Hickory Creek line call it a crucial conduit for wind power to reach populated areas and increase grid efficiency; opponents call it an unnecessary and ecologically disruptive project that will benefit companies at the . . . Complete story »

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