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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.

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 »

January 7, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Town of Forest loses district court appeal in wind farm case

MADISON – A state appeals court Thursday, Jan. 3 dealt the town of Forest another legal blow in its attempt to limit noise levels the Highland Wind Farm would generate. The District III Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by St. Croix County Circuit Judge Edward Vlack dismissing the town’s request to review part of the Public Service Commission’s approval of the 44-wind turbine project. The turbines would tower more than 400 feet across predominantly agricultural land spread over a 26,550-acre . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Rural Wisconsin county split on solar energy project that would be among largest in nation

This is not the area’s first brush with renewable energy. In 2001, the Montfort Energy Center was erected as one of the state’s first large-scale wind farms, with 20 towers that are visible for miles. Now utilities are proposing a controversial high-voltage power line, known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek, to carry wind energy from Iowa to Madison. It would run right past the Badger Hollow area, which opponents say is no coincidence. While some welcome the opportunity, others feel taken advantage of. Complete story »

December 16, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Badger Coulee power line completed; $580 million project took 3 years

A controversial high-voltage power across western Wisconsin was put into service Wednesday after almost 3 years of construction. A joint venture of American Transmission Company and utilities including Xcel Energy and Dairyland Power Cooperative, the 180-mile line known as Badger Coulee runs from Holmen to Middleton. The $580 million project was championed by utilities and some renewable energy proponents who say it will enable clean and cheap wind energy from Minnesota and Iowa to reach big cities where there is . . . Complete story »

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

County committee reconsiders wind system siting ordinance

MONROE – A line stretched from the podium out the door of the board room of the Green County Courthouse as nearly two dozen people signed in for a chance to speak during the county Land Use & Zoning Committee meeting Monday. The topic on the meeting agenda, which drew 47 members of the public, was the drafting of an ordinance for incoming wind turbine systems. A majority of those who spoke were residents of Jefferson Township and neighboring areas who . . . 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 »

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