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RED ALERT! RED ALERT! CALL TO ACTION!
One year ago the JCRAR suspended PSC 128- (uniform rules for siting wind projects in the state of Wisconsin)
The JCRAR found that the rules contained in PSC 128 "create an emergency relating to public health, safety, or welfare; are arbitrary and capricious; and impose an undue hardship on landowners and residents adjacent to wind turbine sites".
Senate Bill 50 -- which may come up for a vote on Tuesday, will scrap PSC 128, and task the Public Service Commssion with coming up with rules that protect the health, safety and welfare, and do not cause undue hardship on landowners and residents living in wind projects. In the mean time, more protective local ordinances adopted by many Towns in Wisconsin will stand.
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO HELP:
Please make EVERY call and send EVERY email you can. Every person's call and email is counted, and will make a difference.
Call and email the legislators on the list below and ask them to vote in favor of SB 50 (the wind siting bill). If you call after business hours you can still leave a message on their voice mail. You can also send a fax.
You can make a big difference today that will help rural Badgers across the entire state.
CALL, EMAIL AND FAX LIST
Robert Cowles (R) Sen.Cowles@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(800) 334-1465 Fax:(608) 267-0304
Alberta Darling (R) Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-5830 Fax:(608) 267-0588
Michael Ellis (R) Sen.Ellis@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-0718 Fax:(608) 267-6798
Scott Fitzgerald (R) Sen.Fitzgerald@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone(608) 266-5660: Fax:(608) 267-6795
Pam Galloway (R) Sen.Galloway@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-2502 Fax:(608) 267-9027
Glenn Grothman (R) Sen.Grothman@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(800) 662-1227 Fax:608) 282-3560
Sheila Harsdorf (R) Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-7745 Fax:(608) 267-0369
Neal Kedzie (R) Sen.Kedzie@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-2635 Fax:(608) 282-3551
Frank Lasee (R) Sen.Lasee@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-3512 Fax:(608) 267-6792
Mary Lazich (R) Sen.Lazich@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(800) 334-1442 Fax:(608) 267-6790
Joe Leibham (R) Sen.Leibham@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(888) 295-8750 Fax:(608) 282-3549
Terry Moulton (R) Sen.Moulton@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-7511 Fax:(608) 282-3563
Luther Olsen (R) Sen.Olsen@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-0751 Fax:(608) 267-4350
Dale Schultz (R) Sen.Schultz@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(800) 978-8008 Fax:(608) 267-0375
Leah Vukmir (R) Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-2512 Fax:(608) 267-0367
Van Wanggaard (R) Sen.Wanggaard@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(866) 615-7510 Fax:(608) 282-3561
Rich Zipperer (R) Sen.Zipperer@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-9174 Fax:(608) 282-3573
Tim Carpenter (D) Sen.Carpenter@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(800) 249-8173 Fax:608) 282-3543
Spencer Coggs (D) Sen.Coggs@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(877) 474-2000 Fax:(608) 282-3546
Tim Cullen (D) Sen.Cullen@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(800) 334-1468 Fax:(608) 282-3555
Jon Erpenbach (D) Sen.Erpenbach@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(888) 549-0027 Fax:(608) 266-2508
Dave Hansen (D) Sen.Hansen@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(866) 221-9395 Fax:(608) 267-6791
Jim Holperin (D) Sen.Holperin@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-2509 Fax:(608) 267-0309
Robert Jauch (D) Sen.Jauch@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(800) 469-6562 Fax:(608) 266-3580
Chris Larson (D) Sen.Larson@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-7505 Fax:(608) 282-3547
Julie Lassa (D) Sen.Lassa@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-3123 Fax:(608) 282-3564
Mark Miller (D) Sen.Miller@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:877) 862-4825 Fax:(608) 282-3556
Fred Risser (D) Sen.Risser@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-1627 Fax:608) 266-1629
Lena Taylor (D) Sen.Taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-5810 Fax:(608) 282-3544
Kathleen Vinehout (D) Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(877) 763-6636 Fax:(608) 267-2871
Jessica King (D) Sen.King@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(888) 736-8720 Fax:(608) 282-3558
Jennifer Shilling (D) Sen.Shilling@legis.wisconsin.gov Phone:(608) 266-5490 Fax:(608) 282-3572
WIND PROJECT IS NOT WELCOME
By Brenda Salseg
February 24, 2012
I can only surmise two reasons the wind developer, Emerging Energies LLC, a.k.a. Highland Wind, dropped its potential $25 million lawsuit against the Town of Forest for breach of contract: 1. the developer knows it would be unwise to open up township records to legal scrutiny, and 2. the wind developer is trying to improve its image with other townships it may be targeting next for a wind project.
Logically, any township near the Town of Forest would also be ripe for the expansion of an industrial wind turbine project, including the towns of Glenwood, New Haven, Cylon and Emerald. Virtually, any township in the state of Wisconsin can be targeted and county and local ordinances overridden if a developer pushes its project over 100 megawatts, which requires permitting through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
Emerging Energies/ Highland Wind is attempting to “force” the project on the Town of Forest via the PSC. Yet 70 percent of the residents of Forest are against living within an industrial wind park.
Well documented studies by leading scientists, physicians, acousticians, electrical engineers and appraisers link evidence directly to health problems and property devaluation that result wherever industrial wind turbine projects are sited too close to neighboring homes.
The most compelling evidence is the Shirley Wind Project in the Town of Glenmore, Wis. Go to www.youtube.com and search “Shirley Wind Project.” Watch the video. The families, who live south of Green Bay are suffering negative health effects and livestock deaths they believe are the result of eight 500-foot tall German-made industrial wind turbines sited in their community and installed by the same wind developer, Emerging Energies. Some of these families live more than a half mile from the nearest turbine.
Emerging Energies’ public relations tactics do not fool us who oppose the wind project in the Town of Forest. Industrial wind energy does not work, is a waste of billions of taxpayer dollars, results in few permanent jobs, does not close down coal plants, and siting turbines too close to homes and livestock is negligent and irresponsible.
Bill Rakocy, managing partner of Emerging Energies, has been quoted as saying, “We’re excited to develop as much wind (power) as we can in Wisconsin.” Of course the developer is; the eight turbines in the Shirley Project netted $13 million in taxpayer subsidy.
If Emerging Energies succeeds in the installation of a 41-wind turbine project, it would be a hostile take-over of our community and de facto eminent domain of nonparticipating properties, some 20,000 acres not under lease. One would have to question what it means to live in the United States of America if corporate interests can supersede constitutional rights.
The people of Forest that stand together against industrial wind will not stand down and allow our township to be taken over by greed under the guise of noble-sounding, planet-saving rhetoric which is not based on the facts. Nor were residents intimidated by Sunday night’s vandalism and theft of more than 30 “No Turbines” signs located on individual private property.
As taxpayers and residents of northwestern Wisconsin, if you turn a blind eye to an industrial-scale wind project in the Town of Forest, how will you respond when Big Wind comes knocking on your township’s back door and attempts to take your property as project foot-print acreage to site industrial wind turbines next to your home without your agreement?
Town of Forest
St. Croix County
Photo: Home in the Shirley wind project, Town of Glenmore, Brown County Wisconsin. Project developed by Emerging Energies, a company co-founded by Bill Rakocy who, as a member of the Public Service Commission's Wind Siting Council helped write Wisconsin's pending wind siting rules.
STATEMENT OF DAVE ENZ REGARDING WIND TURBINES BUILT NEAR HIS HOME IN DENMARK, WISCONSIN
by Robert Bryce via robertbryce.com
During my reporting on the problem of wind-turbine noise, I have interviewed a number of homeowners who have abandoned their homes due to the noise. One of those people: Wisconsin resident Dave Enz. After talking with him on the phone, he sent me the following statement. I edited only for punctuation. I have added some follow up questions at the bottom of his statement. -- RB
My name is David Enz. My wife and I used to live about 3,000 feet from the nearest wind turbine driven generator. There are five more within about one mile of our home. These Glenmore turbines are some of the tallest in the state at 492 feet.
We raised our children in this house we built in 1978. It was a great place to live but we can no longer live there. We are now living with children, friends and in our RV. So far we have received no offer of compensation. We get sick in an hour or less most times when we return to get food or different clothes. Other people also get sick when they spend time at our place. We found new homes for our dog and chickens so they could be cared for. We try to go to our home when the turbines are down because we are fine then. The turbine owners are going to sound test our home, but it doesn't matter what the test results are, the results for us are we can no longer live in our home. We and others get sick outside and inside the buildings. From the research I have done our symptoms are consistent with the other folks who are driven out of their homes.
Some of the symptoms we experience are headaches, ear pain, nausea, blurred vision, anxiety, memory loss, and an overall unsettledness. This is no way to live in one's own home! I believe there needs to be health studies done to find out what the cause of the serious health issues is, and what rules need to be in place to protect people. The present rules do not address this problem. I think different types and sizes of wind turbines produce these effects over greater distances, therefore measurements should be in place based on what is causing the adverse health effects on people. I cannot understand how the people sworn in to protect the citizens can let companies profit from the pain of the people.
We are not like some other countries where people don't have rights and freedoms. This is America where the goal is to have liberty and justice for all, not a country where the rich and powerful rule over them. The wind industry claims their turbines are not the problem but throughout the world when wind turbines go on line the problems show up. I believe if this was in any other industry they would be shut down, until they proved they were not the cause. I am not a rocket scientist, but if the health issues are present when the turbines are running and gone a while after they shut down, it sure would cause me to think maybe there is a connection. Why doesn't the turbine industry have to prove they are not the problem instead of the people proving they are?
With so many people with the same or similar health symptoms, I think if this was a drug that would be evidence enough to remove any drug from the market. The people that are hurt aren't getting any government funding to pay for a study but the industry sure is. These health issues are so unbearable they are forcing us and others from our homes. Do wind companies have this right to take away our freedom to live in a house we built, raised our family, and planned to enjoy?
-- Dave Enz, October 22, 2011
Questions emailed to Enz by Robert Bryce. Replies received October 25 and 30, 2011
Q: May I publish all or part of the note you sent me?
A: Yes, you may.
Q: How old are you? How old is your wife?
A: I am 68 my wife is 66 years old.
Q: I assume you are now retired. Is that so? What was your occupation prior to retirement? In what town did you work?
A: Yes I am. I worked as a millwright in a paper mill for over thirty years. I worked in Green Bay.
Q: Have you sued the company that owns the wind turbines? If not, are you planning to?
A: We haven't been approached yet to settle and don't know if we will be.
Q: Could you sell your house in Glenmore if you attempted to do so? Or have your neighbors and others been alerted to the problems you are having?
A: We have been very open about our health issues with the neighbors, town,county and state.We thought about selling but if the new owners got sick.the money wouldn't be worth it. I don't think anyone would buy it at it's pre- turbine value even if it would sell.
Q: Are other people in your area experiencing similar problems?
A: I believe there are at least two other families that need to leave their homes to get relief from their symptoms.
Q: How did Senator Lasee become familiar with you and your story?
A: I don't know for sure but they called and asked if I would do an interview with Senator Lasee for TV. I did it because people need to be informed.
Q: What is the best outcome for you? That is, what would be a fair resolution of the situation you now face with your home?
A: First of all the industrial wind turbine setting rules would be in place to protect peoples health. That means health studies need to be done and a measurement system developed that can insure setbacks are right. As to your question, either move us with fair compensation or move the turbines. We don't think we could ever regain what has been lost by our family due to this injustice.
Q: You said you built the home in Glenmore in 1978. Do you own it free and clear or do you still have a mortgage?
A: We built it and own it. Have a small equity loan now to purchase our motor home we now call home. Makes the wife nervous since she doesn't like debt.
Q: What's the approximate value of the home?
A: Don't know because we never had it appraised. Best guess: $300,00 to $500,000.
Q: You said you and Rose raised your children in the house. How many children did you raise there?
A: Nine wonderful children. They also feel the loss because they helped build the house and out buildings. As a family, we have a lot of memories connected to this property.
Q: How many acres is your place?
A: A little over forty.
Q: On whose land were the turbines built?
A: Our next door neighbors.
Q: Are you getting any royalty payments from the turbines? If so, how much?
A: Not a dime thankfully
Q: If you are not getting payments, who is and how much are they getting?
A: Some of the neighbors received a good neighbor payment of $1,000 one time I was told. I was also told if you live within 1/2 mile you receive a small yearly payment. The turbine host have a well-kept secret. Maybe the
Town of Glenmore could shed more light on this. You can find them at townofglenmore.wi
Q. Do you have a lawyer? If so, could you provide me with his/her name?
A: I do not have a lawyer at this time.
1/23/12 Wha-a-a? Illinois Wind developer says he'll give a setback of 1,800 to 2,000 feet for a 480 foot tall turbine? So, why are Wisconsin wind developers telling us it can't be done?
COUNTY TO HOLD HEARINGS ON WIND FARM REGULATIONS
By John Reynolds,
VIA The State Journal-Register, www.sj-r.com
January 22, 2012
“We intend to use between 1,800 to 2,000 feet,” Nickell said. “Essentially, they could go from 1,000 feet to 1,800 or 2,000 feet and in our eyes, it wouldn’t change the way we are going to lay out the wind farm.”
Sangamon County’s zoning rules allow large wind turbines within 1,000 feet of a house.
For some people, that’s too close.
As a result, Sangamon County is considering a moratorium on wind turbines that could last up to nine months. County officials want to use that time to hold public hearings and find out what area residents want, and whether the zoning rules need to be changed.
Board member Tim Moore, chair of the county’s Public Health, Safety and Zoning Committee, said the county’s zoning code contains setbacks for wind turbines, which state how far away they have to be from a property line or house. The current rule calls for a large wind turbine to be at least 1,000 feet from a house or three times the diameter of the rotors, whichever is greater.
“Setbacks are probably the principal reason we are having the moratorium,” he said. “It gives us a chance to look at setbacks as they appear in the code right now, versus what some of the citizens have proposed.”
The county board is to vote on the moratorium Tuesday. If the issue passes, the county would then schedule a series of public hearings.
Wind turbines could be 480 feet tall
While no wind farm proposals are in front of the county board now, American Wind Energy Management is planning a wind farm in western Sangamon County.
The wind farm would be built in phases within an area bounded by the Morgan County line to the west, Illinois 125 to the north and Illinois 104 to the south. The eastern boundary would run from about a mile west of Farmingdale Road on the north and continue south along an approximate extension of that road to Illinois 104.
Chris Nickell, vice president for site establishment for American Wind Energy Management, said the company is in the process of closing the land sign-up process for property north of Old Jacksonville Road, which includes the first phase of the project.
“I’d estimate we have around 25,000 acres signed up for this project, which is plenty for us to move forward,” Nickell said.
The company hasn’t selected the exact turbines for the wind farm, but the most likely candidate is a model that is 480 to 490 feet tall.
“Essentially, they stay below 500 feet because of FAA regulations,” Nickell said. “The newest turbines on the market that are the most efficient for this kind of project are around 480 to 490 feet tall.”
As far as the setbacks go, Nickell said the company planned to exceed the minimum 1,000 feet all along.
“We intend to use between 1,800 to 2,000 feet,” Nickell said. “Essentially, they could go from 1,000 feet to 1,800 or 2,000 feet and in our eyes, it wouldn’t change the way we are going to lay out the wind farm.”
American Wind energy doesn’t expect to have its application ready for the county during the nine months of the proposed moratorium, Nickell added. As long as there aren’t any dramatic changes in the county’s code, the company expects to submit an application by the end of the year.
“As long as the changes are minor, we don’t expect them to impact us,” Nickell said.
If everything goes smoothly, work could begin by late 2013 or early 2014.
While setbacks are expected to be the main issue during any public hearings, Moore said he also expects to hear from people concerned about wildlife, noise issues and the overall aesthetics of a possible wind farm.
Tuesday’s county board meeting begins at 7 p.m. It will be held in the board chamber on the second floor of the Sangamon County building at Ninth and Monroe streets.
11/25/11 A good reason to contact your legislators AND Wisconsin family's nightmare begins when turbines start turning
SENATOR FRANK LASEE BACKS UP HIS WIND BILL
October 25, 2011
Tom Hallquist of Oshkosh recently wrote a letter to the editor (Oct. 19, “Ban may hurt energy independence”).
It appears that the headline for the letter caused confusion. My bill requires that the Public Service Commission use a scientific study to recommend a safe setback from people’s homes and animal dwellings. Wisconsin residents have told us about their health problems that have started when wind turbines were constructed near their homes.
Families and their children have experienced constant nausea, headaches, dizziness, agitation, inability to sleep and other sickness. Three families in my district have left their homes to preserve their health and safety, with others wanting to, but they are financially unable to abandon their homes or farms. They can’t afford two house payments.
There seem to be real health issues. We ought to get answers before others are harmed. We may find that we could eliminate all of these health problems by increasing the setback requirements. We owe it to Wisconsin homeowners and others negatively affected. It only makes sense to gather health-related information about possible side effects from existing wind turbine farms.
If there are problems, the time to find out about them is now. We shouldn’t take someone’s health in their own home for granted without real information. Once constructed, a 500-foot wind turbine could affect an area and children’s health for a long time. We need real facts, not people for or against turbines making rules that suit their purposes.
This is only fair, and it’s what I expect from good government.
State Sen. Frank Lasee,
NOTE FROM THE BPWI RESEARCH NERD:
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Wisconsin wind turbine moratorium sought by Sen. Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview
Research needed to show wind farms are safe, he says
By Doug Schneider
Green Bay Press-Gazette
GLENMORE — The sights and sounds outside her son's window made Sarah Cappelle consider something once unthinkable: Trying to sell the home in which her family has lived for generations.
The two-story house off Glenmore Road has become less dream, more nightmare since wind turbines were erected in 2010 on farmland just to the southeast.
Worries about the effects of the structures prompted Cappelle and husband Dave to stand in support Monday as state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview, proposed a state ban on wind-turbine construction until studies have deemed the turbines don't harm humans and animals.
"It's not fair to put something so noisy and so large so close to people, unless you can be sure it's safe," Lasee said.
A bill he introduced Monday would declare a moratorium on construction of wind farms until the state Public Service Commission is in possession of a report that ensures turbines like those dotting the landscape in this southern Brown County town don't cause health problems. He wasn't sure if the bill would gain the support needed for passage in the chamber, but said proposing it is the right thing to do.
Wind farms have prompted passionate debate, but limited agreement, on their long-term impacts on humans. And lack of regulatory agreement in Wisconsin, particularly on the issue of how far a turbine must be from a property line, has tempered developers' enthusiasm about erecting wind farms. A corporation earlier this year scrapped plans for a 100-turbine development in the Morrison-Glenmore area.
Backers of wind energy say it is a clean, safer alternative to coal and nuclear energy, pointing to the fact that they don't consume fuel and don't produce ash or other waste. They also say wind-development could create thousands of jobs in technology and construction. Opponents say turbines can be noisy, unsightly, problematic for birds and bats and, most important, cause vertigo and sleep disorders. Concerns are growing about a condition labeled "wind-turbine syndrome," and a daylight phenomenon called "shadow flicker."
Regulators say the state's wind developments are safe, and that they fall within noise-emission limits.
The Cappelles believe their toddler son's inability to sleep, their 6-year-old's recurring ear infections and Sarah's never-ending colds are a product of the Shirley Wind development near their home.
They say that family members had never had health problems until the turbine near their house went into service last fall. That prompted consultation with a real estate agent — where they learned that no one likely would pay fair market value for a house with a view of a wind turbine.
"My mother grew up here. My grandmother was here for 50 years," Sarah Cappelle said. "This is where I always wanted to raise our kids. But now, I'm not sure if we should stay."
Lasee said he knows of at least three Glenmore-area families who have left their homes because of health problems that, while not formally diagnosed, didn't appear until nearby turbines went on-line.