Permitting Wind Turbines in Wisconsin: The Way Forward

Posted on June 17, 2010. Filed under: Wind |

From a presentation by Michael Vickerman, RENEW executive director, at the MREA Energy Fair:

What 2009 Act 40 Does
1) Require PSC to establish, by rule, uniform siting standards for all wind turbines, covering, but not limited to:
 Setbacks
 Sound levels
 Shadow flicker
 Studies and testing requirements
 Decommissioning
2) Create procedures for municipal review of permit applications and a process

RENEW’s Positions on the Rule
 Health and safety-based standards should be based on objective, fact-based research and analysis
 Rule should rely less on prescriptive setbacks and more on measurable physical impacts
 There are no grounds for establishing property value guarantees
 Rule should standardize complaint procedures
 With proper management and attentiveness to community concerns, wind turbines do become an accepted part of the landscape (the lesson of the Kewaunee County projects)


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