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Wind Power News: Wisconsin


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.

October 10, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

WPS retiring Lincoln Wind Energy Facility in Kewaunee County

If you live in Kewaunee County near the town of Lincoln, you may have noticed workers taking down wind turbines recently. That’s because the turbine’s owners, Wisconsin Public Service, have decided to retire them. The turbines and accompanying towers comprise the Lincoln Wind Energy Facility, which has been in place since 1999. “When it was operational, those 14 towers and turbines were capable of generating 9 megawatts of electricity,” says Matt Cullen of WPS. The utility company has already removed . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2018 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin regulators accept Cardinal-Hickory Creek application, start clock on review of high-voltage power line

Wisconsin regulators have accepted an application from three utilities seeking to build a high-voltage power line between northeast Iowa and Middleton. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Thursday declared the Cardinal-Hickory Creek application complete, triggering a 180-day review period of the project, which has an estimated price tag of more than $500 million and is expected to cost Wisconsin consumers up to $72 million. It’s up to the three-member commission to determine if the project is necessary and beneficial for . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2018 • Opinions, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Fond du Lac wind turbines power renewable energy growth in Wisconsin

Over the years, a main concern with turbines has remained the impact on environment and health. Since the implementation of turbines in areas, there have been reports of noise disturbances or shadow flicker from turbines. Companies work to mitigate these issues. Speaking locally, Dierksheide said if property owners experience shadow flicker, or the repeated passing of a shadow from the rotation of the blades, in excess of 30 hours a year, the issue will be mitigated by the placement of blinds. Complete story »

August 31, 2018 • Iowa, Minnesota, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Excelsior man convicted for wind energy fraud scheme

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal jury has convicted an Excelsior-area man for orchestrating a multi-million dollar fraud scheme in the wind energy industry. After a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Magnuson, the jury found Robert Dooling, 52, guilty on all counts. He was convicted on three counts of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of engaging in a monetary transaction in criminally derived property. “Mr. Dooling wanted to live a life of luxury without earning . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2018 • Minnesota, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Two homes near Bent Tree Wind Project bought by WPL because of noise complaints

PROCEDURAL HISTORY On October 20, 2009, the Commission issued a large wind energy conversion system (LWECS) site permit to Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) for the approximately 200-megawatt first phase of the Bent Tree Wind Project (the Project), located in Freeborn County. The Project commenced commercial operation in February 2011. On August 24, 2016, the Commission issued an order requiring noise monitoring and a noise study at the Project site. During the period of September 2016 through February 2018, . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2018 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Alliant Energy proposes new wind farm for Wisconsin customers

Alliant Energy wants to add a wind farm in Iowa to serve its Wisconsin customers. Alliant, of Madison, filed an application with the state Public Service Commission on Wednesday to build a wind farm in north-central Iowa that could provide as much as 150 megawatts of electricity – enough to power 70,000 homes a year. The site would be developed by Invenergy, one of the largest independent renewable-energy providers in the U.S., and then Alliant would build, own and operate the . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

County seeks proposals for solar, wind power

County Executive Joe Parisi announced last week that Dane County will seek partners in to help develop new solar and wind farms across Wisconsin. It’s the latest investment in clean, renewable energy by the County Executive who’s prioritized installing solar at county facilities, most recently making up to 40 acres of land at the Dane County Regional Airport available for solar, all in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce climate change causing emissions. The county is releasing what’s called . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farms could be blowing into Lafayette County

SHULLSBURG, Wis. – After investing $167 million in a wind farm in Lafayette County, a global renewable energy company is laying the groundwork to potentially do two more big projects in the county. EDP Renewables soon will construct two meteorological “test towers” – one along Truman Road southeast of Belmont and the other south of Dunbarton Road, which is east of Shullsburg. Development Project Manager Darcy Lydum said each will be 320 feet tall. “The purpose of these towers is to measure . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Utility companies file first application for Middleton-Dubuque transmission line

The three utility companies that want to built a high-powered transmission line from Middleton to Iowa submitted an application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on Friday. American Transmission, ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative want to build a 345-kilovolt transmission line from Middleton’s Cardinal Substation to Dubuque, Iowa, according to the group’s filing. The application is the first step in the regulatory approval process. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line project will also need to be approved by other . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

What’s the wind turbine south of downtown Milwaukee powering?

Like many Milwaukeans, Deb Schampers of Bay View has driven past the wind turbine just south of the Hoan Bridge countless times. For years, she’s been wondering about it: Why is it there? Why only one? Who benefits? Just for fun, during her daily commutes, Deb made up her own answers – “It was possibly helping us make Milorganite for the world… It’s heating the ovens at DiMarini’s (a pizza place a half mile from the turbine.)” Not satisfied with her . . . Complete story »

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