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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.

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 »

November 24, 2020 • Opinions, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in Wisconsin: the problems they create

We are all familiar with these last few decades trying to show environmental importance and pushing a much-needed appreciative attitude of our environment. It has been incredible to see how far our society has come in caring for our earth, but have we gone far enough? No. In my opinion, we can never go far enough. We should do everything we can and more to help our environment, and sadly, even then, things will never be perfect. Take wind turbines, . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2020 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Time for change on Wind Siting Council

Developers of industrial wind projects have their eye on Wisconsin. But state laws on wind turbines are in dire need of review. Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission has allowed its siting rules to become out of compliance. The PSC’s Wind Siting Council has failed to meet its 2019 statute requirement to review and recommend updates to PSC 128 Wind Siting Rules. The PSC is currently courting candidates for council vacancies to comply with this long overdue responsibility. The Commission should be . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2020 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wind and solar energy are ruining the planet

Laura Lane states in an op-ed, “Renewable energy moves Wisconsin forward … it is better for our planet, our people, and our pocketbooks.” Laura is dead wrong! Industrial wind and solar are destroying our planet and the lives of people! Obviously Laura has not been out in the country to see all the environmental destruction caused by the excavating for turbine bases destroying our water table and years and years of conservation efforts on the part of our farmers and . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Green County wind farm scrapped

A controversial Green County wind farm – one of only a handful under development in Wisconsin – has been scrapped. EDF Renewables had planned to build 24 turbines in the town of Jefferson near the Illinois border. It would have been the sixth-largest in the state, with a capacity of 65 megawatts. Participating landowners received letters in September notifying them that the developer, EDF Renewables, was terminating its lease agreements. Sandi Briner, vice president of corporate communications for the developer, confirmed in . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2020 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Future of 3 southwest Wisconsin wind farms ride on high-voltage line

DARLINGTON, Wis. – A San Francisco energy developer is eyeing southwest Wisconsin for a prospective wind farm that would be among the largest in the Midwest. Pattern Energy is developing plans for the installation of 120 to 200 turbines across more than 30,000 acres in Lafayette and Iowa counties. Uplands Wind would be the company’s first utility-scale farm in Wisconsin, said Ward Marshall, senior director of business development. “Access to transmission line capacity and regional power prices make this an attractive . . . Complete story »

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