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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.

February 26, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. Rep. Tiffany seeks to repeal most subsidies for wind, solar projects

CHIPPEWA FALLS – U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany plans to introduce legislation that would eliminate most subsidies for solar and wind energy projects on farm land. Tiffany, R-Minocqua, said he doesn’t want land that is producing food to be taken out of production so it can instead produce energy. “If you want to put in wind and solar, go ahead, but don’t do it on the backs of taxpayers,” Tiffany said Thursday during a stop at 29 Pines restaurant in the town . . . Complete story »

February 9, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Sheboygan County preps for wind turbine proposals: What to know, including how they can be rejected

SHEBOYGAN – Nearly 10 years ago, a proposed wind farm in the town of Sherman – which would have had the first commercial wind turbines in Sheboygan County – sparked strong opposition from residents. Similar concerns are resurfacing since the Sheboygan Press published in late January that a developer filed initial permits to build 16 673-foot tall wind turbines around the county. The developer of the project is still unknown. Here’s a look at past wind projects in Sheboygan County, what the approval . . . Complete story »

January 29, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

State official highlights goals of clean energy plan

The head of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy says the office is leaning toward executive and agency actions as it develops the state’s clean energy plan. “So we recognize that legislative might be a bit of a challenge, but we’re not totally pushing away legislative opportunities,” Director Maria Redmond said yesterday during Renew Wisconsin’s 2022 Renewable Energy Summit in Madison. She said the state office, created in 2019, is identifying actions that can be taken “right away” . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Sheboygan County wind turbines may be tallest in Wisconsin

SHEBOYGAN – An unknown developer has filed a proposal to build 16 wind turbines scattered through the southern half of Sheboygan County. The name of the developer has not yet been released, but the proposal was filed with the Federal Aviation Administration in mid-December. The FAA will approve the project based on whether the turbines will obstruct aircraft at their proposed height and locations. After that, approval of the turbines will likely fall to Sheboygan County municipalities. The proposed turbines, . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2022 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Cardinal-Hickory Creek: Judge blocks Mississippi River crossing for $492M power line

A federal judge has blocked a power line under construction in Iowa and Wisconsin from crossing the Mississippi River after finding the government’s environmental review was inadequate. Judge William Conley’s ruling throws the fate of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line into question just months after utilities began construction on the $492 million project. Conley sided with four conservation groups that sued two federal agencies over approvals of the contentious 102-mile line between Dubuque, Iowa, and Middleton. In an order issued . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

State’s tallest wind turbines could be along Rock-Walworth county line

Not many details have emerged publicly, but federal records show a developer is looking to erect several 670-foot-tall wind turbines along a ridge near the Rock-Walworth county line. A Federal Aviation Administration database lists the locations for 10 proposed wind turbines the agency said an unnamed developer applied to build in mid-December. The agency hasn’t started studying the proposal, but the FAA has regulatory authority over the location and height of wind turbines as they relate to boundaries and operations . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2022 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators approve $162M wind farm purchase; first project approved under 2010 siting rule

Regulators have approved the purchase of a proposed wind farm in southwestern Wisconsin that is the state’s first project approved under 12-year-old rules designed to make the process easier for developers. The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and Madison Gas and Electric to spend $162 million on the Red Barn Wind Farm as part of long-term strategies to phase out coal-fired power plants and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With a capacity of just . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2021 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Leeward Renewable Energy cancels Highland Wind Farm project in Town of Forest

TOWN OF FOREST  – Leeward Renewable Energy, based out of Dallas, Texas, has sent a letter dated November 12 to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, saying that the Highland Wind Farm project has been cancelled. The proposed 102.5 megawatt project in the Town of Forest would have had 41 wind turbines. Emerging Energies began developing the proposal for Highland Wind Farm in 2008, and some years later, sold the proposal to Leeward Renewable Energy. Emerging Energies/Highland Wind Farm initially . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2021 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Judge pauses construction of Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line; opponents face $32M bond

A Dane County judge has agreed to temporarily halt construction of a power line through southwest Wisconsin, provided opponents of the project can come up with millions of dollars to cover potential costs of a delay. Utilities had planned to begin building the $492 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line between Middleton and Dubuque, Iowa, on Oct. 25, according to court documents. Judge Jacob Frost granted a request Monday for an injunction to put the project on hold while the courts . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2021 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear appeal from former regulator accused of bias in power line case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a former regulator’s relationships with utility executives created a conflict of interest that could scuttle a controversial power line to be built across southwest Wisconsin. In a split decision Tuesday, the high court agreed to hear Mike Huebsch’s challenge to subpoenas from power line opponents who sought to question him and inspect his phone for encrypted communications. The Driftless Area Land Conservancy and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation – along with Dane County and . . . Complete story »

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