Entries in wisconsin wind siting rules (2)
10/3/10 Should wind developers be licensed before they start signing up landowners? Do the new wind rules provide enough protection for landowners from unlicensed wind developers?
Click on the image above to hear Wind Siting Council members Tom Meyer and Doug Zweizig express concerns about wind developer licensing and accountability issues regarding contracts and leases, and why there should be more protection for Wisconsin landowners built into the rules.
On October 13th, there will be a full public hearing at the capitol because of questions raised regarding the Public Service Commission's new wind siting rules for the state of Wisconsin.
Committee on Commerce, Utilities, Energy, and Rail
The Senate Committee on Utilities, Energy and Rail will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:00 AM, 411 South at the State Capitol in Madison relating to Clearinghouse Rule 10-057 siting of wind energy systems.
Senator Jeffry Plale, Chair
At an open meeting held Thursday at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, commissioners discussed the the text of the proposed wind siting rule.
Commissioner Lauren Azar suggested a setback of 2200 feet from homes unless a developer can prove a turbine could be sited closer to a residence and still meet noise and shadow flicker standards.
She said the setback distance was based on information from PSC staff which indicated a 45dbA noise standard would be met at that distance.
However, Commissioner Azar also noted that the World Health Organization recommends 40 dbA as a nighttime noise standard, and indicated was the noise limit she preferred.
Residents under contract with developers could waive all standards and have turbines placed as close as 1.1 times the turbine height to their homes.
Chairman Callisto and Commissioner Meyer didn't offer their immediate opinions on Azar's suggestions.
Continued discussion of wind siting rules is scheduled for Monday.