RENEW, Clean Wisconsin endorse Manitowoc wind project

Posted on November 17, 2008. Filed under: Wind |

A media release from RENEW and Clean Wisconsin:

Representatives of Wisconsin’s leading sustainable energy organizations—Clean Wisconsin and RENEW Wisconsin–endorsed today a proposed seven-turbine windpower project currently under review by the Manitowoc County Board of Adjustment.

The project, proposed by Wisconsin-based Emerging Energies LLP, would be situated within the Town of Mishicot. The County’s Board of Adjustment is scheduled to deliberate further on Emerging Energies’ application at its next regularly scheduled meeting on November 17.

“We are impressed with many of the steps Emerging Energies is taking to spread the benefits of wind energy development to the host community, and especially to neighboring residents,” said RENEW Wisconsin Executive Director Michael Vickerman.

“Their Mishicot Wind Project has been a model of transparency and careful planning, right from the start.”

“The benefits from this project to Manitowoc County’s environment and economy are too great to ignore,” said Clean Wisconsin Energy Policy Director Katie Nekola. “The Mishicot Wind project deserves to be approved and built.”

Vickerman pointed to Emerging Energies’ commitment to incorporating industry “best practices” as another compelling reason why Manitowoc County should approve the project. Once the installation is energized, Emerging Energies plans to compensate neighboring residences within one-half mile of a wind turbine over the life of the project.

“RENEW commends Emerging Energies for volunteering to lead by example and abide by a set of development practices that we hope other developers will follow,” Vickerman said.

Blessed with some of the state’s strongest winds, Manitowoc County adopted a wind ordinance in 2004. Emerging Energies first proposed the Mishicot project in 2005. Progress since that time has been slowed by a countywide moratorium on wind development and the subsequent adoption of one of the most restrictive wind ordinances in Wisconsin.

“Emerging Energies has put together a stellar proposal that satisfies every reasonable public interest standard that can be applied to a wind project,” Nekola said. “The County has deliberated long enough on this matter. It deserves to be approved”


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I was at the meeting that Manitowoc County required by the new ordinance. I felt Emerging Energies were only fulfilling an obligation and were hardly transparent or well planned. My biggest worry is who will take these turbines down once they are no longer economically feasible. I know Emerging Energies is a group of investors. I want to know who these people are. Are they going to be around for more than 10 years?

For several years during the process of this project I have attended and spoke at many meetings. My property falls within their proposed wind farm. AT NO TIME has anyone from EE ever came and spoke to me! They have never offered me a cent of compensation! They have also been caught in several lies during public meetings. They continue to mis-lead the public and our local government. Right now EE is currently seeking more than 20 variances in an attempt to skirt the safety ordinance. They have not put anything in writing to the effect of sharing profit or compensation with non participating land owners. EE has a track record of trying to install their project well below the industry standards and even below the turbine manufacturer’s recamendations. A quick search of the facts will show you that there are several wind ordinances in WI that are much more restrictive than Manitowoc’s. Furthermore the reps. from EE were in attendance at the meetings while the ordinance was being drafted. Through much of the process they remaned mute. As an after-the-fact scramble when they would have to follow the new laws, they then tried to sue the county because they did not like the health and safety aspects of the law. In short EE does not care one bit about the county, township, or the residents, or they would be on the foorfront of insurring safety, not trying to undermine it. This so-called story is more like a fairy tale, no news. Vickerman himself was even caught misleading the county officials during a public meeting. These wind avocates say so much rederick that often forget their previous lies.

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