WSJ editorial: Lower barriers for wind farms

Posted on December 8, 2007. Filed under: Energy Policy, Wind |


From a Wisconsin State Journal editorial:

Wisconsin is counting on wind power to propel the state most of the way toward its goal of generating 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

But a problem looms in the way: When wind farm developers apply to local governments to build turbines on specific sites, they too often are blocked by unreasonable restrictions.

The local governments are frequently cowed into imposing, impossible-to-meet requirements or even moratoriums after opponents raise alarming concerns, commonly based on misinformation.

To be sure, not every proposal to develop a wind farm deserves approval. Local concerns about public safety and health should be respected, when based on sound science.In addition, wind farm developers facing a hostile local government should have the option to apply to the state Public Service Commission for a fair review of the proposal.

But Wisconsin cannot afford to let community after community adopt a NIMBY, or “not in my backyard, ” attitude to frustrate the statewide interest in wind power.

A solution is possible: Wisconsin should develop reasonable wind farm siting standards to guide local governments.

In addition, wind farm developers facing a hostile local government should have the option to apply to the state Public Service Commission for a fair review of the proposal.

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A great idea! I will pass on a copy of this editorial to my local elected legislators and urge them to introduce a bill incorporating these ideas to their respective units of state government


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