Forward Wind project moves ahead

Posted on January 13, 2008. Filed under: Wind |

From an article by Colleen Kottke in the Fond du Lac Reporter:

BROWNSVILLE — Rising up out of the winter weary farm fields, 400-foot tall wind turbines south of Oakfield stand like white sentinels against the azure sky, the seven-ton blades like arms outstretched from the tower base.

To some the 269-ton wind turbines represent the flagship of renewable energy resources in Wisconsin, while others claim wind farms are nothing more than a pipe dream and a blight on the landscape.

“What used to be a rural view of farmland, hills and woodlots and a church steeple in LeRoy, is now littered with wind mills,” said Mayville resident Tony Smith, commenting on the wind turbines erected in Dodge County as part of Invenergy’s Forward Wind Energy Center project.

With an approved permit for 133 wind turbines, the wind farm located in northeast Dodge County and southern Fond du Lac County is touted as the state’s single largest wind farm project since 2001, and perhaps the most embattled.


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