Calumet sets wind turbine moratorium after court ruling

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Wind |


From an article by Jim Collar in the Appleton Post-Crescent:

CHILTON — Wind turbine construction is off the table in Calumet County for the time being as supervisors regroup from a court decision that invalidated their restrictions on placement of the systems.

The Calumet County Board passed a moratorium on turbine construction Tuesday that could remain in effect until the end of the year.

The board also voted to petition the state Supreme Court for review of the appeals court opinion that prompted Tuesday’s discussions.

The moratorium could end earlier should the board change or replace the ordinance.

The state appeals court decision said Calumet County exceeded its authority with a blanket ordinance that set regulations for any and all proposed turbines.

County officials said developers could have taken advantage of the ruling and began projects without a moratorium in place.

“We decided we had to do something quickly,” Board Chairman Bill Barribeau said.

Calumet County’s wind turbine ordinance dictated setbacks and maximum heights and sound levels for proposed turbines.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals, based in Waukesha, found Calumet County’s ordinance acted against state laws that support use of alternative energy systems.

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