Counties divided on wind power

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: Wind |


From an article by Kurt Rentmeester in the Door County Advocate:

The Wisconsin Towns Association has not been able to build a consensus among counties on commercial wind energy, according to one representative who has heard from rural leaders who are strongly opposed to it.

“One county is in favor of it. One county is against it,” said John Piechowski, a district director with the organization who spoke on the issue Thursday before the Door County Unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association.

Although Door County followed the state’s wind energy recommendations last year when it revised its eight-year-old ordinance, the representative from Red Granite said other counties have lined up on both sides of the issue.

“We’ve had letters saying ‘We’re going to drop you (as members of the Wisconsin Towns Association).’ The next one wants us to support it,” Piechowski said.

From Fond du Lac County heading southwest to the state of Iowa, he said many county leaders have concerns about commercial wind power.

Trempealeau County’s ordinance, one of the strictest in the state, outlaws commercial wind turbines within a mile of a residence, for example, he said.

At one point, the Wisconsin Towns Association had planned on working with the Public Service Commission on a proposed ordinance that municipalities might consider, but it shelved the idea because of varying concerns many of them expressed.

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