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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 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.

July 16, 2021 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Utilities call for quick re-vote on permit; opponents say courts should decide power line’s fate

Utilities seeking to build a controversial power line through southwest Wisconsin want regulators to reissue their permit as quickly as possible, while opponents say the project needs a complete re-evaluation in light of secret communications with utility executives. American Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative have asked the Public Service Commission to rescind the permit for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line and hold a new vote “as expeditiously as reasonably possible” on the $492 million project, which is . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2021 • Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cross The Line’: Controversial transmission line in Iowa trying to survive

A case study for the national renewable energy debate is happening right now in northeast Iowa. “I think everybody likes the idea of renewable energy. I certainly do. But there’s more to it than just the wind blows on turbines and makes power,” Mike Deutmeyer said, a dairy farmer in the right of way of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line plans to go from the Hickory Creek Substation in rural Dubuque County, to the Cardinal . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2021 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Huge wind farms aren’t the solution

The fate of 250 square miles of the beautiful Driftless region is in the hands of about 50 landowners. Sales agents for the multinational corporation Pattern LLC have been approaching landowners in southwest Iowa and Lafayette counties asking them to sign lease contracts for 170, 650-foot-high industrial wind turbines. With enough signatures, the state could order the 600 megawatt system to be constructed, which could lead to even more industrialization. Wisconsin already has more electrical power plants than we can . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2021 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

No-Uplands group holds listening session for legislature on wind turbine project

Southwest Wisconsin’s state legislators sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers requesting that Evers hold a listening session about the proposed Uplands Wind wind farm project in Lafayette and Iowa counties. The letter was sent Monday, 10 days after a hearing at the Belmont Convention Center May 28 that drew unanimous opposition to the proposed project. “Our listening session was well attended, with more than 100 residents who came to express concerns related to the project,” said the letter from . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2021 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Southwest Wisconsin lawmakers hear proposals for energy legislation overhaul

BELMONT, Wis. – Faced with the construction of utility-scale solar and wind farms, southwest Wisconsin residents are appealing to state lawmakers, asking them to overhaul laws residents say leave them with little recourse against the proliferation of utility-scale facilities. Constituents pitched ideas for reform at a listening session Friday at the Belmont Convention Center, attended by an audience of more than 100 along with Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, and Reps. Todd Novak, R-Dodgeville, and Travis Tranel, R-Cuba City. “Gentlemen, please . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2021 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Eau Claire Co. town passes wind farm moratorium

A renewable energy company is once again proposing new wind turbines in Eau Claire County. This time, the proposal is in the Town of Lincoln, but the town passed a six month moratorium on wind farm development Monday. The moratorium is in response to a proposal by RWE Renewables Americas to create a windfarm in the town, just south of Highway 12. A couple dozen residents voiced their support of the moratorium at Monday’s meeting, some citing concerns about the . . . Complete story »

May 7, 2021 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental groups sue Corps of Engineers over power line permit; project faces 4 lawsuits

A proposed high-voltage power line between northern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin faces yet another legal challenge. Environmental groups sued the Army Corps of Engineers in federal court Wednesday over its permit allowing utilities to place towers in the Mississippi River for the $492 million project known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek. The National Wildlife Refuge Association, Driftless Area Land Conservancy and three other organizations say the agency violated federal environmental law by failing to take a “hard look” at the environmental consequences . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2021 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposed in Southwest WI

In the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin, one can drive down Highway 151 and look out their window to see cattle grazing in a pasture, a farmer and their family working together to produce a crop or even, if they’re lucky, maybe a bald eagle flying in the air. They also may see some wind turbines here and there. Who would have thought that, just outside of Platteville, a company is proposing the construction of the second-largest industrial wind system . . . Complete story »

December 29, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

County clean energy resolution hitting some snags

BROWN COUNTY – A resolution aimed at establishing an energy commission in Brown County is causing some controversy as proposed edits aren’t sitting well with area groups. A long-term comprehensive energy plan has been in the works in Brown County since 2018 when the county teamed up with Wisconsin Conservation Voters in an effort to seek clean energy options – with the most recent push starting this May with the creation of a resolution. After making it through the Planning, . . . Complete story »

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 »

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