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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 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.

November 7, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Is St. Croix County wind battle over? Town says so

Township leaders have claimed victory in a multi-year battle over a St. Croix County wind farm project, though the energy company behind the project offered no sign that its efforts were through. The town of Forest released a statement Oct. 28 saying it believes the developer, Leeward Renewable Energy, has abandoned plans to erect 44 wind turbines in the rural community about 6 miles northwest of Glenwood City. Town Chairman Jaime Junker said the board based its statement on a . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Eau Claire County wind farm proposal sparks call for moratorium

CLEGHORN – The Clear Creek Town Board will draft a moratorium on wind energy development at its meeting next week in response to overwhelming demand from town residents who attended a meeting Tuesday night about a proposed wind farm in southern Eau Claire County. More than 100 people showed up at an informational meeting Tuesday night at Clear Creek Town Hall to share their views about the potential wind farm, with many calling for a moratorium to give residents more time . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change: Future uncertain for contested wind farm, but developers returning to Wisconsin

After a nearly decade-long battle, a western Wisconsin town has declared victory over a proposed wind farm, though the developer insists the beleaguered project is not dead. If built, it would be only the second new Wisconsin wind farm in eight years, a period when regulatory uncertainty and other factors drove most wind developers out of the state. The St. Croix County town of Forest’s board of supervisors last month unanimously authorized a news release stating “it is more likely . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy developers eyeing southern Eau Claire County

An energy development company has taken the first steps toward potentially building a wind farm valued at more than $200 million in southern Eau Claire County. The company, RWE Renewables Americas, is exploring the possibility of pursuing the massive project with 40 to 70 wind turbines on about 20,000 acres of farmland in the towns of Clear Creek and Pleasant Valley, said Eric Crawford, wind development manager for the company. Representatives of RWE Renewables, a subsidiary of Essen, Germany-based RWE . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2019 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Cardinal-Hickory Creek: Residents seek reconsideration of power line approval; Iowa County votes to sue PSC

A handful of residents have asked Wisconsin utility regulators to reconsider the decision to allow construction of a high-voltage power line across the southwest corner of the state, and Iowa County supervisors have voted to join an appeal if the decision stands. Jewell Jinkins Intervenors, a nonprofit organization formed by three Iowa County families, filed a petition this week asking the Public Service Commission to put on hold the order authorizing construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line between Dubuque and . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2019 • Opinions, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

The PSC’s conflicts of interest

The Public Service Commission is in a huff. They are protesting very much. Last week two groups filed a motion with the commission demanding that commission chair Rebecca Valcq and commissioner Mike Huebsch recuse themselves from participating in a decision about whether to build a massive power line through the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. As expected the commission rejected the motion and went on to approve the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line with its 17-story tall towers cutting through some of . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Cardinal-Hickory Creek: Opponents charge entanglement in power line case, seek outside ruling

Opponents of a proposed power line through southwest Wisconsin have leveled conflict of interest charges against two utility regulators and argue the Public Service Commission cannot legally approve the project. Attorneys for the Driftless Area Land Conservancy and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation filed a motion Friday claiming Public Service Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Valcq and Commissioner Mike Huebsch have “entanglements” that should prohibit them from ruling on the $500 million line known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek. Both were part of a 3-0 vote . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin’s green energy order divides lawmakers along party lines

Wisconsin’s governor wants the state’s power companies to be 100-percent green in the next 30 years. But there are a number of people who say that’s either unrealistic or too expensive to happen. Gov. Tony Evers last week signed an order that will lead to a plan to transition the state to 100 percent renewable power by 2050. “Our state has a responsibility to current and future generations of Wisconsinites to act to prevent continuing damage to our climate and . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators approve Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line

Wisconsin regulators have given preliminary approval for a controversial power line project through southwestern Wisconsin. Members of the Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize construction of Cardinal-Hickory Creek, a high-voltage transmission line between Dubuque and Middleton that is expected to cost about $492 million. The three commissioners, appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, agreed the line will save money for Wisconsin ratepayers while providing access to cheap, clean wind energy from states to the west. Acknowledging the . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin governor orders 100% carbon free by 2050, despite lack of legislative support

Dive Brief: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon free electricity by 2050. The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process, Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, told Utility Dive. Both chambers of Wisconsin’s legislature are Republican majority . . . Complete story »

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