EcoEnergy asks county to reject wind restrictions

Posted on January 10, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |


In a letter to the Calumet County Board of Supervisors, Curt Bjurlin, EcoEnergy Project Developer for Wisconsin, wrote:

. . . The truth is that EcoEnergy is a dedicated company, composed of employees who are committed to making a positive change for the environment. Those who have worked directly with us know that we are a company that takes our commitments seriously. Organizations like Clean Wisconsin recognize this dedication, but they act on behalf of renewable energy development for their own reasons. And these reasons are that we simply must develop renewable energy to solve the greatest environmental problem of our time – global climate change. Of the renewable energy sources available in Wisconsin, wind energy is the only source that can provide utility scale power that will make a real change in our impact on the environment. . . .

It is my belief that the ad hoc committee did not look at the tremendous benefits that wind energy would bring to Calumet County when it drafted these recommendations. That is the only explanation I can think of that would account for why recommendations would be brought forward that would make wind energy development effectively impossible in the county.

As a citizen, and yes, as an employee of EcoEnergy, I feel it is my responsibility to do everything in my power to help solve the present energy crisis. It is for this reason that I urge you to reject these ad hoc recommendations that will prevent renewable energy in your county. I hope that you will provide leadership on this vital issue and tell the people of Calumet County that you stand for a cleaner environment, that you have heard the environmental groups, that you have listened to your constituents, and that it is time to make a positive difference. . . .

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