THE BADGER WANTS TO KNOW! In Wisconsin, wind developers seem to be everywhere. In their play-book for wind development in our state (click here to download it
) they are advised to work quietly and behind the scenes in our communities, to target townships with farmers on the board who can be easily approached, and to not let the rest of the community know what is going on until key relationships are secured. We believe developers have targeted board members in nearly every township in Rock County. Are members of Rock County township boards making deals with wind developers they're not telling their constituents about? The badger doesn't want to believe it! But if they are, and if it affects their vote on adopting a wind ordinance, it's not just dirty-dealing, it's against the law.
Full disclosure and why it's important:ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO WIND POWER COMPANIES' CONDUCT ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK
Allegations of Improper Dealings with Public Officials and Anti-Competitive Practices
Subpoenas Served on First Wind/UPC Wind and Noble Environmental Power, LLC
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the launching of an
investigation into two companies developing and operating wind farms
across New York state amid allegations of improper dealings with public
officials and anti-competitive practices.
Wind farms are clusters of large electricity-generating turbines powered by wind and connected to the electric grid.
Subpoenas were served on Newton, Massachusetts-based First Wind
(formerly known as UPC Wind) and Essex, Connecticut-based Noble
Environmental Power, LLC. They are part of an investigation into
whether companies developing wind farms improperly sought or obtained
land-use agreements with citizens and public officials; whether
improper benefits were given to public officials to influence their
actions, and whether they entered into anti-competitive agreements or
In recent months, the Office of the Attorney General has received
numerous complaints regarding the two companies from citizens, groups
and public officials in eight counties alleging improper relations
between the companies and local officials and other improper practices.
"The use of wind power, like all renewable energy sources, should be
encouraged to help clean our air and end our reliance on fossil fuels,"
said Attorney General Cuomo. "However, public integrity remains a top
priority of my office and if dirty tricks are used to facilitate even
clean-energy projects, my office will put a stop to it."
The Attorney General's subpoenas seek, among other things:
All documents concerning any benefits conferred on any individual or entity in connection with wind farm activity.
All agreements, easements or contracts with individuals regarding placement of wind turbines.
Agreements between wind companies that may indicate anti-competitive practices.
All documents pertaining to any payments or benefits received from local, state or federal agencies.
First Wind has three operational wind farms and 48 others in
development across the country, according to its web site. First Wind
developed the Steel Winds wind farm in Erie County and has wind farms
in development in Steuben, Chautauqua, Genesee and Wyoming (GenWY Wind)
Noble Environmental Power, LLC, has three active wind farms and five
in development in Allegany, Chautauqua, Clinton, Franklin and Wyoming
The investigation is being led by Assistant Attorney General Andrew
Heffner of the Syracuse Regional Office under the supervision of
Special Deputy Attorney General Ellen Biben, who oversees the Attorney
General's Public Integrity Bureau. Assisting in the case are
Investigators Thomas Wolf, David Bruce and Andrea Burnham.