Opposition chills wind farm bill

Posted on March 7, 2008. Filed under: Wind |


After the article below appeared, the Senate committee approved the bill for full Senate consideration.   The article by Paul Snyder appears on DailyReporter.com:

Wind farm legislation sailing through the Legislature lost its breeze this week.

A Senate committee delayed action on the bipartisan bill that would establish state wind farm guidelines for counties and towns after opponents in favor of local control spoke out at a public hearing.

With a week to go in the legislative session, the delay endangers a bill that came together in the last few weeks.

Under the proposal, any local regulations of wind farms would have to be consistent with Public Service Commission of Wisconsin rules. The PSC would also be granted rule-making authority over wind farms.

The legislation is in response to local governments that passed ordinances to limit where wind farms can be built.

Trempealeau County passed an ordinance in late 2007 that said wind farms could not be developed within one mile of neighboring residences, schools, hospitals and businesses.

AgWind Energy Partners, which had been looking to develop a wind farm in Trempealeau County, complained the rule left them no space to build. Other energy companies around the state have filed and threatened lawsuits over similar limitations.

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