Legislature should act quickly on wind-siting bills

Posted on August 13, 2009. Filed under: Wind |


From an editorial in The Country Today:

The state Legislature is apparently on the verge of taking long-overdue action that would set common standards for wind-energy systems in Wisconsin.

A state Senate committee voted 6-1 last week to send Senate Bill 185 to the full Senate for consideration. The bill requires the Public Service Commission to establish statewide standards to regulate the construction and operation of wind-energy systems. The bill would prohibit municipalities and counties from adopting regulations stricter than the state standards.

The bill already has cleared an Assembly committee, so the next step is for both houses of the Legislature to vote on the measure. Proponents hope the bill will pass the Legislature later this year. . . .

Wind energy has the potential to produce large quantities of energy and replace some of the oil and coal that will eventually run out. It’s not the only alternative-energy solution, but it’s part of the picture.

People and companies interested in developing wind-energy systems shouldn’t have the right to put up turbines without government oversight, but they should be able to move reasonable projects forward with the certainty of consistent standards. That’s what the proposed legislation would provide.

The Legislature should make quick work of the wind-energy bills. Any time business, labor, environmental and farm groups all agree on something, well, let’s just say it’s rare.

The time has come for wind-siting legislation to become law.

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