Vickerman hopes PSC approves siting rules

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: Wind |

From a story by Bob Schraper on WKOW-TV, Madison:

MADISON (WKOW) – Hoping to build on Wisconsin’s existing wind farms, a volunteer council appointed by the Public Service Commission proposed uniform regulations for new wind farms across the state.

“Businesses were looking upon Wisconsin as a difficult place to try to establish wind farms,” Peter Taglia, staff scientist at Clean Wisconsin, said. “We had a patchwork of local regulations that had stopped many wind farms and also created a lot of division within communities.”

The proposed rules would ban developers from putting a wind turbine within 1.1 times its height of the nearest property line. It also can’t be louder than 45 decibels at night and 50 decibels during the day, as measured from the nearest property line. And for large wind farms, the total hours of “shadow flicker” cannot exceed 40 per year.

“We laid out a proposal for regulating the permitting of wind projects – large, medium, and small – and hopefully the commission will respect the incredible amount of work that the council put into this process,” says Michael Vickerman, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, a member of the council.


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