Wind Power News: Wisconsin
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Madison utility Madison Gas and Electric said Tuesday that it plans to build a $107 million, 66-megawatt wind farm in Howard County, Iowa, that would become the company’s largest wind farm to date. The project, known as Saratoga, will consist of 33-turbines on a 10-square-mile site about 200 miles west of Madison. The site is well situated because of its strong winds and proximity to transmission infrastructure, according to a press release from the utility, which is a subsidiary of . . .
MANITOWOC – Manitowoc County will join St. Croix, Brown and Kewaunee counties in requesting the State of Wisconsin fund a study on the impact of wind turbines on human health. “This doesn’t mean you are anti-wind or pro-wind, we are just requesting the State of Wisconsin to do a study, that is all,” Supervisor and County Board Chairman Jim Brey said. The request stems from claims of wind turbines affecting the health of those who live near wind farms, such . . .
The Lafayette County Board met Tuesday, Nov. 15 and heard from a representative of the Quilt Block Wind Farm that will be constructed in Seymour Township next year. Darcy Lydum, a Development Project Manager and Jesse McKenna, a Project Manager, both whom work for EDP Renewables, asked to speak to the board to update them on how the project is progressing. Lydum explained that this project is located entirely in Seymour Township and began back in 2003. It consists of . . .
A degree in electrical engineering is not a requirement to serve on a plan commission, but someone with such expertise would have come in handy at last week’s Town of Fredonia meeting. The Plan Commission continued to grapple with regulations for power-generating windmills, following a request last month by Bill Bertram to erect such a structure near Camp Awana and Jay roads. Bertram applied for a permit for a 100-foot Endurance monopole wind turbine, which he said would generate about . . .
Alliant Energy Corp. says it plans to build what could amount to several wind farms in Iowa and Wisconsin over the next four years. But a sharp decline in the value of one of Alliant’s existing Iowa wind farms led to a drop in the Madison utility company’s profits in the third quarter, even though revenues were up from last year. Alliant reported net income of $128.4 million, or 57 cents a share, on revenue of $924.6 million for the . . .
BROWNSVILLE – A 35-year-old man fell 50 feet from a wind turbine Tuesday afternoon. At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man who had fallen 200 feet off of a wind turbine at N12048 West Line Road just outside the village of Brownsville. The initial call stated that the man, who was wearing a rescue device, fell fast from wind tower No. 38. Initial investigation showed the man fell 50 feet and . . .
PEOSTA, Iowa – Few residents took advantage of an opportunity Monday to voice their opinions on a proposed high-voltage line that could run through Dubuque County, as well as Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties in Wisconsin. Six people attended the first two hours of a three-hour open house hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service at Peosta Community Centre. The agency is gathering feedback from the public, as well as state and federal agencies, as it begins assessing . . .
HOLMEN, Wis. – A La Crosse County community that will soon be bisected by two high-voltage power lines says Wisconsin utility regulators infringed on individual property rights and subjected electric customers to unnecessary financial risk when they approved a line that isn’t needed to keep the lights on. In a first-of-its-kind case, the town of Holland is asking a judge to overturn the Public Service Commission’s approval of the Badger-Coulee transmission line between Holmen and Dane County. A judge on Monday . . .
Utilities in Wisconsin and Iowa are narrowing potential routes for a high-voltage power line between Dane County and Iowa that would be built in the early 2020s. The project, first proposed years ago, has seen delays in part because of a dispute over ownership of the project as well as the regulatory challenges associated with federal approvals needed to cross the Mississippi River. The line is now forecast to cost $500 million, up from an estimate of $450 million discussed . . .
The refusal of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to even consider testing for health risks associated with industrial wind turbines just goes to show that the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil monkeys are alive and well at the state level when it comes to the wind industry. Rather than believing those who have testified to their experiences and those who have abandoned their homes, they take the word of the wind developers and a very lopsided . . .