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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.

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 »

March 28, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Company assessing possibility of wind turbines

SHEBOYGAN – In December, a developer filed a preliminary proposal to build wind turbines in Sheboygan County. The filing sparked interest and concerns from many residents. The developer, BluEarth Renewables, Inc., said earlier this month the filing was part of “very, very early stages” of work to assess the viability of wind turbines in the area, and BluEarth has not decided whether it will propose a project in Sheboygan County. “We do not have a project plan in Sheboygan County . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Cardinal-Hickory Creek: Utilities appeal, say power line delays jeopardize clean energy delivery

Utilities seeking to build a controversial power line connecting Iowa and Wisconsin are appealing a court decision blocking the Mississippi River crossing and say construction delays could leave the power grid more vulnerable to blackouts, limit clean energy production and lead to higher electricity prices. Earlier this year, federal Judge William Conley sided with four conservation groups that sued to stop the $492 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek line, finding the environmental review was inadequate and the project is incompatible with the . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. Rep. Tiffany seeks to repeal most subsidies for wind, solar projects

CHIPPEWA FALLS – U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany plans to introduce legislation that would eliminate most subsidies for solar and wind energy projects on farm land. Tiffany, R-Minocqua, said he doesn’t want land that is producing food to be taken out of production so it can instead produce energy. “If you want to put in wind and solar, go ahead, but don’t do it on the backs of taxpayers,” Tiffany said Thursday during a stop at 29 Pines restaurant in the town . . . Complete story »

February 9, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Sheboygan County preps for wind turbine proposals: What to know, including how they can be rejected

SHEBOYGAN – Nearly 10 years ago, a proposed wind farm in the town of Sherman – which would have had the first commercial wind turbines in Sheboygan County – sparked strong opposition from residents. Similar concerns are resurfacing since the Sheboygan Press published in late January that a developer filed initial permits to build 16 673-foot tall wind turbines around the county. The developer of the project is still unknown. Here’s a look at past wind projects in Sheboygan County, what the approval . . . Complete story »

January 29, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

State official highlights goals of clean energy plan

The head of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy says the office is leaning toward executive and agency actions as it develops the state’s clean energy plan. “So we recognize that legislative might be a bit of a challenge, but we’re not totally pushing away legislative opportunities,” Director Maria Redmond said yesterday during Renew Wisconsin’s 2022 Renewable Energy Summit in Madison. She said the state office, created in 2019, is identifying actions that can be taken “right away” . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Sheboygan County wind turbines may be tallest in Wisconsin

SHEBOYGAN – An unknown developer has filed a proposal to build 16 wind turbines scattered through the southern half of Sheboygan County. The name of the developer has not yet been released, but the proposal was filed with the Federal Aviation Administration in mid-December. The FAA will approve the project based on whether the turbines will obstruct aircraft at their proposed height and locations. After that, approval of the turbines will likely fall to Sheboygan County municipalities. The proposed turbines, . . . Complete story »

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