Where should turbines be located in Wisconsin?

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Wind |


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Bob Welch (right), hired lobbyist for anti-wind forces, told a joint legislative hearing on wind siting where turbines can be located in Wisconsin:

Senator Jon Erpenbach: Yeah, real quick. Bob. 25%. You’re saying if a wind farm is built it’s only going to work—going to get 25% of it’s capacity. Where do you get the numbers from?

Welch: I got the numbers from the U.S. Department of Energy. And some of them are a little dated because the wind farms have not been very forthcoming in putting their stuff up right away, like quarterly, or by month, or at least we can’t find it. Maybe I just don’t know where to look, but we’ve had a lot of people looking. Some were averaging below 20%, but as I said, roughly, 25%, and the stuff out west, from the same time period, was 35-40%.

Erpenbach: Is there a place in Wisconsin where it would work?

Welch: Lake Michigan would work great.

Welch is also paid to lobby for the following interests: Safari Club International, Wisconsin Chapters; Swisher International, Inc.; The Washington Center; Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association; Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance; Wisconsin Broadcasters Association; Wisconsin Coin Community Alliance; Wisconsin Corn Growers Association; Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association; Wisconsin Wine and Spirit Institute.

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