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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.

November 28, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Firm eyes Grant County for wind turbine energy facility

A Minneapolis firm is eyeing the Grant County townships of Clifton and Wingville to build a 19-wind turbine energy facility, according to a document it filed with the Public Service Commission. In a pre-application notice the PSC published recently, Westwood Professional Services stated that its plans for the 100-megawatt wind farm include an electrical substation, a permanent meteorological tower and possibly an operations and maintenance building, in addition to the turbines, of which some would be 600 feet tall. Whitetail . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2020 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Time for change on Wind Siting Council

Developers of industrial wind projects have their eye on Wisconsin. But state laws on wind turbines are in dire need of review. Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission has allowed its siting rules to become out of compliance. The PSC’s Wind Siting Council has failed to meet its 2019 statute requirement to review and recommend updates to PSC 128 Wind Siting Rules. The PSC is currently courting candidates for council vacancies to comply with this long overdue responsibility. The Commission should be . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2020 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind and solar energy are ruining the planet

Laura Lane states in an op-ed, “Renewable energy moves Wisconsin forward … it is better for our planet, our people, and our pocketbooks.” Laura is dead wrong! Industrial wind and solar are destroying our planet and the lives of people! Obviously Laura has not been out in the country to see all the environmental destruction caused by the excavating for turbine bases destroying our water table and years and years of conservation efforts on the part of our farmers and . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Green County wind farm scrapped

A controversial Green County wind farm – one of only a handful under development in Wisconsin – has been scrapped. EDF Renewables had planned to build 24 turbines in the town of Jefferson near the Illinois border. It would have been the sixth-largest in the state, with a capacity of 65 megawatts. Participating landowners received letters in September notifying them that the developer, EDF Renewables, was terminating its lease agreements. Sandi Briner, vice president of corporate communications for the developer, confirmed in . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Future of 3 southwest Wisconsin wind farms ride on high-voltage line

DARLINGTON, Wis. – A San Francisco energy developer is eyeing southwest Wisconsin for a prospective wind farm that would be among the largest in the Midwest. Pattern Energy is developing plans for the installation of 120 to 200 turbines across more than 30,000 acres in Lafayette and Iowa counties. Uplands Wind would be the company’s first utility-scale farm in Wisconsin, said Ward Marshall, senior director of business development. “Access to transmission line capacity and regional power prices make this an attractive . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

PSC denies request to block Green County wind farm

Wisconsin regulators voted Thursday to deny a request from some Green County residents to stop construction of a controversial wind farm near Monroe. The 65-megawatt Sugar River Wind project proposed by EDF Renewables would consist of 24 turbines in the town of Jefferson near the Illinois border. A group of 56 people who live or own property within the 5,870-acre project area but don’t have leases with the developer appealed the county’s approval, arguing the county continued to gather information . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Evers appoints renewable energy leader to PSC

Huebner has served as the executive director of Renew Wisconsin since 2013. The nonprofit group works to promote renewable energy in the state, including programs that expand solar power, wind power, local hydropower, geothermal energy and electric vehicles. Complete story »

February 28, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Why a Wisconsin clean energy power line may do more harm than good

CASSVILLE, Wis. – An electrical substation along the Mississippi River is all that remains of the Nelson Dewey Generating Station, one of the dozens of coal-fired power plants that closed across the Midwest during the past decade. Demolishing the aging Dewey plant, named after Wisconsin’s first governor, marked another victory in a long battle to improve air quality, fight climate change and shift the region toward cleaner, less expensive energy. Conservationists hoped the site would someday be added to Nelson Dewey’s . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Administration Committee supports local input on wind farms

The Eau Claire County Administration Committee supported a resolution requesting changes at the state level to give local residents more input on the siting of wind farms. During its meeting Tuesday afternoon, committee members unanimously voted in favor of the proposed resolution, which says the county supports local entities having input on large projects that exceed 100 megawatts. According to current state statute, permits for wind farms would be approved by the state Public Service Commission. The town of Clear . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2020 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Brenda Salseg: PSC’s inaction on wind siting must end

Dear Editor: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s Wind Siting Council did not convene in 2019 as required by state statute to review new studies relevant to the PSC 128 rules and report to the Legislature on its findings. In fact, four of 15 Council seats remain vacant, including a UW faculty health expert, a position unfilled since 2012. 18,000 Wisconsin residents are living with industrial wind projects. A substantial percentage of families have documented health issues, such as disrupted sleep, . . . Complete story »

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