PSC Sensible Agency for Wind Rule-Making

Posted on June 9, 2009. Filed under: Wind |

From Wind for Wisconsin:

SB 185/AB 256 direct the Public Service Commission (PSC) to initiate an administrative rule-making process to establish statewide siting standards for wind energy projects. The bill draft requires the PSC to establish an advisory committee of diverse interests to advise the Commission on the rules. The legislature will have the opportunity to review the proposed rules prior to their publication.

+ The PSC is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest. The agency is responsible for the regulation of more than 1,100 Wisconsin public utilities, including those that are municipally-owned.
+ The PSC works to ensure that, in the absence of competition, adequate and reasonably priced service is provided to utility customers. The PSC has oversight on every form of electric generation in the state.
+ Alternatives to bypass the PSC are designed to introduce more delay and confusion into the siting process. Additional layers of bureaucracy only serve to reinforce the siting stalemate.
+ Under the bill the PSC would establish a unique, comprehensive review of siting issues. Any attempt to predict the rule-making is speculative at best.
+ The PSC is the agency with the expertise to provide the appropriate scientific, fact based review of issues related to siting wind energy projects. The bill does not specify any siting requirements but establishes a process to review the relevant health and safety issues.

“I pledge to you a rule-making process which will be open and inclusive…The Commission will continue to be a fair partner with local government to ensure that the siting process is equitable to all, and that decisions are made in a timely and transparent way…The PSC’s rulemaking process is as open and inclusive a process as any.”(Joint public hearing May 12, 2009)
-Eric Callisto, PSC Chairman


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4 Responses to “PSC Sensible Agency for Wind Rule-Making”

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If RENEW Wisconsin was not 100% sure that the PSC was going to continue with the same setback and sound requirements that are being used for siting industrial wind turbines today they would never support this siting reform legislation. Mr. Vickerman (paid wind lobbyist) has spent so much time in the back pocket of the wind developers that he has lost the ability to exercise good judgment. The health, safety, and welfare of Wisconsin citizens should be of more concern to Mr. Vickerman than his paycheck.

Mr. Callisto also made this statement to a Chicago Newspaper about the same time as the Hearing.

To the champions of wind power, the resistance is benighted and intolerable. “In a state that prides itself on its progressive renewable standards,” says Eric Callisto, chairperson of Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission, “getting our wind resources stymied at the local level is not acceptable.”

Does this statement sound like Mr. Callisto will to be a “fair partner with local government”? Mr. Callisto’s goal is to eradicate local control and allow his friends at RENEW and the wind developers to shoehorn in as many wind turbines as possible, regardless of human health and safety issues.

I think it’s fair to say that Mr. Callisto just gave up his seat at the rule making table!

A state wide moratorium on wind turbine construction must be put in place until all the negative impacts can be identified.

Only local control of siting can protect the health, safety, welfare, agricultural activities, property rights, and property values of Wisconsin citizens.

Call, write, or better yet visit your state Senator and Representative and demand they not support any siting reform legislation.

Kitfox, your personal attacks on Michael are inappropriate in civil discourse.

You know nothing about RENEW’s finances and nothing about Michael as a person and as a champion for renewable energy for the last 20 years, long before the first wind developer set foot in the state.

Please stop your personal attacks on me, Michael, and anyone else. I’ll no longer allow any post of your posts with an attack on an individual.

Mr. Blume, if my comments were perceived as an attack on Michael Vickerman or anyone else at RENEW I apologize. I have become so accustomed to being called a NIMBY, gadfly, wind hater, and worse I didn’t think my comments were that harsh.

As you well know this is a hot button issue. I wish I had someone with the power and influence of Mr. Vickerman on my side.

Apology accepted. Personally, I’ll try to avoid the NIMBY term.

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