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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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 23, 2023 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Kewaunee Co. residents and local officials voice concerns about proposed wind turbines

Wednesday night’s Montpelier town board meeting was packed with residents concerned about potential wind turbines being built in their backyard. Roxy De Cleene cited health concerns, saying, “The more I research into it, there are health issues. Something is going on, so somebody really needs to do research on this.” According to State Senator Andre Jacque, the residents who spoke at the meeting claimed representatives with the energy company Invenergy have knocked on their doors, asking for permission to build . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2023 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

In-depth: ‘It’s criminal’: Central Wisconsin communities unite to stave off looming wind turbine industry

Central Wisconsin communities are coordinating efforts to shine a light into the flickering shadow cast by a looming wind turbine industry. “There is a revolt happening here,” attorney Marti Machtan told The Epoch Times. “I’ve never seen our communities engage like this in my life.” Machtan is a member of Farmland First, an organization that aims to facilitate discussion among community members concerned about reported coercive, predatory tactics used by industrial wind companies to manipulate landowners into signing their property . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2023 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapse in Dodge County under investigation

Dodge County, Wis. (CBS 58) – Neighbors in rural Dodge County woke up to quite the shock Thursday morning when a NextEra Energy Resources wind turbine collapsed in the middle of the night. While it isn’t clear what caused the incident at Butler Ridge Wind right now, neighbors nearby say it was quite a shock when this all happened Wednesday night, but not something that they’re overly concerned about. “We heard a really loud boom and thought maybe one of our . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2023 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

‘Absolutely crazy’: Wind turbine in Dodge County collapses

A neighbor tells WISN 12 News the impact shook their home. Dodge County, Wis. – Wednesday night the blades and top portion of a wind turbine came crashing down to the field below in a rural area of Dodge County, near the town of Herman. The impact scattered massive pieces of debris across the ground. Nobody was hurt. “The one that lives on top of the hill right there and the farm right behind us, they said that they both heard . . . Complete story »

July 1, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Menasha Corp. removes its five wind turbines along I-41 in Neenah

Reader question: I only just now noticed that Menasha Corp. took down its wind turbines. What the heck? Out for repairs? Answer: This is one of several questions I received regarding the five wind turbines that Menasha Corp. had in front of its headquarters at 1645 Bergstrom Road in Neenah along southbound Interstate 41. Kristi Pavletich, director of corporate communications, said Menasha Corp. removed the 115-foot wind turbines because Renewegy, the Oshkosh company that manufactured and installed the wind turbines, . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2022 • U.S., WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Bill targets farmland conversion for industrial wind and solar facilities

A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) targets federal subsidies for renewable energy by banning taxpayer funding for the conversion of working farms to industrial-scale wind and solar power-generating facilities. HR 6857, the Future Agriculture Retention and Management Act (FARM Act) would “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the energy credit shall not apply to certain types of energy production on agricultural land, and for other purposes.” Tiffany’s bill would not bar developers from . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2022 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Eagle killing is big news, but where’s wind farm outrage?

Recently the depravity of a person who shot an eagle made headlines in our state. What explains the lack of headlines about the depravity of building a windfarm near the Lake Michigan flyway in Sheboygan County? Why the silence about how the tips of those huge windmill propellers, moving at speeds of 125 to 180 mph in a brisk wind, treat passing birds like golf balls on a driving range? Is it just that a single American eagle is a . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plan sparks blowback in rural areas

The Town of Belgium’s recent updates to its zoning and land division ordinances, measures designed in part to regulate solar energy projects, have triggered questions about a different kind of renewable energy this month. Town resident Perry Handziak asked if the town could prevent wind farms or regulate where they are placed. “That’s a really good question. We actually delayed adoption of this by one meeting just so we could look at the wind,” Zoning Administrator Charlie Parks said. He . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2022 • Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa regulators deny requests to halt construction of controversial power line

Iowa utility regulators say work can continue on a power line between Dubuque and Middleton despite a court order blocking the Mississippi River crossing. The Iowa Utilities Board on Tuesday denied petitions by power line opponents who sought to halt construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project in light of a federal judge’s ruling that it could not cross the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Opponents argued that without the crossing the line cannot fulfill its purpose of . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2022 • Opinions, U.S., WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

FARM Act would halt subsidies for sacrificing farmland to the ‘green energy’ industry

The conflict in Ukraine is reminding the Western world about the importance of energy independence and food security. World leaders, including the Biden administration, argue we must increase wind and solar energy production to reduce dependence on Russian energy. But as Russia’s invasion has demonstrated, this strategy already failed and, in fact, helped bring this war about in the first place. By strangling U.S. energy producers, the White House has fueled skyrocketing oil prices and enriched Russia’s rulers. An added . . . Complete story »

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