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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.

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 »

December 14, 2017 • Kansas, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, U.S., WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

In the shadow of wind farms

A six-month GateHouse Media investigation found that wind developers representing some of the world’s biggest energy companies divide communities and disrupt the lives of residents forced to live in the shadow of their industrial wind farms. Reporters interviewed more than 70 families living near three dozen current or proposed wind farms. They also spoke to 10 state and local lawmakers, read hundreds of pages of public-service-commission records about wind projects, reviewed court filings in seven wind-related lawsuits and inspected lease . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Tommy Thompson, conservative group launch effort to promote renewable energy

MADISON – With former Gov. Tommy Thompson at its head, a group of conservatives is launching an organization in Wisconsin to promote new sources of electricity and new technologies. The Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum is tied in with a national network and an influential Madison lobbying firm, the Capitol Group. Scott Coenen, the group’s new executive director, insisted the group would be focused not on lobbying for bills but on converting Republicans to the potential benefits – and jobs – coming from . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2017 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

MGE’s proposed Saratoga wind farm wins PSC nod

Madison Gas & Electric has the green light from state regulators to build a wind farm in northeastern Iowa in 2018 to serve its customers. It is one of several wind projects on the drawing board, in the works, or recently completed, statewide. MGE’s Saratoga wind farm is a $107 million project to be built near Saratoga, Iowa, about 200 miles west of Madison. It won unanimous approval from the three-member state Public Service Commission on Thursday. “MGE is committed . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2017 • Press releases, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Brown County hosts special meeting on wind turbine health effects

Dr. Coussons – Robert Rand – Dr. McCunney – Mark Werner – Presentations and Q & A BCCRWE is reissuing this press release to bring to your attention the following: The meeting video YouTube address has been changed to https://youtu.be/2kvoZO-DEho as a result of Brown County removing the video from the internet. Full transcripts have been made of the presentations by Dr. Herb Coussons and Robert Rand, as well as of the questions they were asked during the Q & A . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Panel recommends giving Duke Energy 90 days to fix Shirley Wind problems, or risk permit

GLENMORE – Glenmore’s Plan Commission is recommending a strong message to the owners of the Shirley Wind Farm: Stop annoying nearby residents, or risk losing your permit to operate in the town. By a 6-0 vote, the commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Board direct Duke Energy Renewables to work to eliminate a phenomenon, called “shadow flicker,” that has prompted complaints from some people living near the turbines at Shirley Wind. Under the recommendation, Duke would have 90 days to . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Does Shirley Wind Farm make some people sick? Depends which expert you ask

SUAMICO – A sound expert said Tuesday the Shirley Wind Farm is making some people who live near it sick. But an occupational-health expert insists it isn’t. Duke Energy Renewables, which owns the eight wind turbines, says it has had no health complaints from its employees who work on and around the site. Dr. Herbert Coussons, a Green Bay physician, says he has treated six area residents for illnesses related to the facility. For more than four hours Tuesday, four . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Debate continues over potential health effects of wind turbines

Do wind turbines have an impact on your health? It’s a question, those on both sides of the debate, discussed Tuesday night at Bay Port High School. It’s been a constant discussion in Brown County after people living near the Shirley Wind Farm claim it’s negatively impacted their health. The wind turbines went up in 2010. The meeting was hosted by Brown County’s Human Services Committee and Board of Health. The chairman said the goal of the meeting was to . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Experts discuss evidence, or lack thereof, of wind turbines affecting health

WISCONSIN – Four experts shared research on wind turbines and health at Bay Port High School on Tuesday night, as many residents who live in Shirley and Fond du Lac have complained that the wind turbines near their homes are hurting their quality of life. The panel was organized by Richard Schadewald, a Brown County supervisor who also serves as the chair of the Brown County Board of Health. He said he’s impartial to the issue, but understands the residents . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Brown County Board hears from both sides on Shirley Wind Farm

Brown County residents hoping for a change, after they say turbines from Shirley Wind Farm have caused serious illnesses for their families. The wind farm went up back in 2010, with eight turbines in the Shirley area. Since then, nearby families have said the turbines cause more harm than good. The Enz family of Denmark, even abandoning their home back in 2011, saying it was too dangerous to live in. Action 2 News spoke with other neighbors who decided to . . . Complete story »

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