3/18/10 TRIPLE FEATURE: How they picked them, we don't know: Meet the PSC's new Wind Siting Council AND What the new rules may mean for Brown County AND What did the wind developer say to 1000 people in a bad mood?
Announced March 16, 2010
WIND SITING COUNCIL
Tom Green, Wind developer, Wind Capitol Group, Dane County
Bill Rakocy, Wind developer, Emerging Energies of Wisconsin, LLC, Wind developer, Dane County
Doug Zweizig, P&Z Commissioner, Union Township, Rock County
Lloyd Lueschow, Green County Board Supervisor, District 28, Green County,
Andy Hesselbach, Wind project manager, We Energies, Dane County
Dan Ebert, Vice President of Policy and External Affairs, WPPI Energy, Dane County
Michael Vickerman , Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin, Madison, Dane County
Ryan Schryver , Global Warming Specialist, Organizer, Advocate: Clean Wisconsin, Madison, Dane County
George Krause Jr. Real estate broker: Choice Residential LLC, Manitowoc County
Tom Meyer, Real Estate Agent, Restaino & Associates, Middleton, Dane County
Dwight Sattler Landowner, retired diary farmer, Malone, Fond du Lac County
Larry Wunsch, Landowner, fire-fighter, non-participating resident of Invenergy Forward Energy wind project, Fond du Lac County
David Gilles, attorney specializing in energy regulatory law, shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn Attorneys at Law, Madison, Dane County
Jennifer Heinzen, Wind Energy Technology Instructor, Lakeshore Technical College, Manitowoc County, and President of RENEW Wisconsin, Madison, Dane County
Jevon McFadden University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine & Public Health, Dane County
NOTE FROM THE BPWI RESEARCH NERD:
Questions are being raised about the PSC's appointment of the President of RENEW Wisconsin as well the the Executive Director of RENEW Wisconsin. For those wonder why RENEW has two top representatives on the siting council, why not contact the PSC and ask? We'd appreciate hearing any answers they give you. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US
Also, we can't help noting that of the 15 members on the siting council, ten of them are from Dane County. There are 72 counties in the state of Wisconsin.
In the news:
TOUGH TASK AWAITS WIND SITING COUNCIL
March 17, 2010
The controversial decision about how close wind turbines should be placed from homes is now in the hands of the Wisconsin Wind Siting Council.
Homeowners who live near wind turbines built in some wind farms in Wisconsin have complained about the turbines and effects including shadow flicker and noise.
The council, appointed Tuesday by the state Public Service Commission, was set up as part of a law that passed last year to set up uniform wind siting standards for the state.
The legislation came in response to local ordinances that wind developers contended amounted to virtual outright bans on wind development. Some counties and local governments also enacted wind-development moratoriums. That stalled development of small wind farms across the state, with some developers saying they were looking to develop wind power projects outside the state.
Concerns from property owners led the Public Service Commission last fall to limit how far turbines could be located from properties in the Glacier Hills Wind Park to be built by We Energies.
More recently, concerns about living near turbines have led to nearly 200 public comments in concerning Chicago-based Invenergy’s proposal to build a big wind farm south of Green Bay in Brown County.
Two members of the council have ties to the PSC, including former chairman Dan Ebert, now with WPPI Energy, and David Gilles, former commission lawyer, now with Godfrey & Kahn. Other panel members hail from utilities, wind developers and local governments that have wrestled with development of local wind siting ordinances.
In a statement Tuesday, Eric Callisto, PSC chair, said, “Wind siting regulation is complex and sometimes controversial. I look forward to the Council’s input as we develop these rules for Wisconsin.”
Brown County wind farm could be slowed by new state rules
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette, www.greenbaypressgazette.com
March 17 2010
The developer of a proposed Brown County wind farm said today the project could be slowed by a move to establish new statewide standards for wind farms.
Kevin Parzyck, project manager for Invenergy LLC, said the company already is adjusting its plans to account for standards imposed by state regulators on another wind project — with wind turbine setbacks of 1,250 feet from surrounding properties rather than the 1,000 feet originally planned by Invenergy.
If a new state advisory group recommends statewide standards before Invenergy’s project is under way, Parzyck said, that could require more adjustments.
“We’re moving down some parallel paths here,” he said during a meeting with the Green Bay Press-Gazette editorial board.
The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday named a 15-member advisory group to consider whether Wisconsin should set uniform policies regarding the construction of wind farms.
Invenergy submitted a proposal last fall to build Brown County’s first major commercial wind farm in the towns of Morrison, Holland, Glenmore and Wrightstown.
Once the firm’s application is deemed complete — the adjustments are under way — state regulators will have six months to hold public hearings and render a decision.
WARRING OVER WIND-
"With well over 1,000 people in attendance – and most of them in an unpleasant frame of mind – a public information session about the proposed Belwood Wind Farm project was held at the Lions Hall in Belwood on Tuesday, Mar 9."
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