LOCAL NEWS STORIES


WIND FARM BILL WOULD GOVERN STATE 2-24-09

MANITOWOC COUNTY SUED OVER WIND TURBINE PERMIT 2-19-09

KEEP WIND FARM DECISIONS LOCAL 2-6-09

WIND FARM DEBATE CRANKS UP IN STATE LEGISLATOR 1-26-09

MANITOWOC COUNTY SAYS NO THE EMERGING ENERGIES WIND FARM 1-23-09

COMPLAINT FILE AGAINST WIND FARM PERMIT EXTENSION 6-21-08

WISCONSIN COUNTY IMPLEMENTS STRICT NOISE REGULATIONS

WIND FARMS PROPOSED FOR LAKE MICHIGAN 4-24-08

WPS GETS OK TO BUILD IOWA WIND FARM 4-19-08

JUDGE DISMISSES WIND FARM CASE 4-20-08

WIND FARM BILL RUNS OUT OF GAS 3-12-08

OPPOSITION CHILLS WIND FARM BILL 3-7-08

PROPOSAL WOULD LIMIT TURBINE LOCATIONS 2-1-08

MANITOWOC COUNTY ALTERS WINDFARM ORDINANCE 9-19-07

WIND FARM DEVELOPERS SUE MANITOWOC COUNTY 6-9-07

EMERGING ENERGIES WILL RE-APPLY FOR WIND PROJECT 5-11-07

JUDGE VACATES  EMERGING ENERGIES WINDFARM PERMIT 4-6-07

DOJ-NO VIOLATIONS IN LAW 1-25-07

MANITOWOC COUNTY MANURE GETS CLOSER LOOK 1-8-07

NO DECISION FOR WIND ENERGY PROJECT 6-20-06

MANITOWOC COUNTY BOARD CONFUSED OVER WIND SYSTEM 5-17-06

WIND TURBINE ORDINANCE CRAFTING CONTINUES  03-16-06

WIND FARM DEVELOPER CHALLENGES MORATORIUM 12-01-05

TURBINES BENEFITS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION 8-7-05

GIVE WINDMILLS A CHANCE TO PROVE THEIR WORTH 8-7-05

WIND IS ON ITS WAY AS A POWERFUL RESOURCE 8-7-05

INTRO TO THE CONTROVERSY OVER WIND POWER 8-7-05

WIND FARM CAN BE BUILT IN MANITOWOC COUNTY 7-14-05

COUNTY REJECTS CHANGES TO WIND FARM ORDINANCE 6-22-05

MANITOWOC COUNTY BOARD PASSES 12-MONTH MORATORIUM 05-18-05

COMMISSION SUPPORTS WIND ENERGY SYSTEM MORATORIUM 5-10-05

WIND FARM CONFLICTS PROBED 04-28-05

WIND ENERGY FARMS STALLED 04-16-05

WIND FARM ISSUE AFFECTS ELECTIONS 04-06-05

WIND ENERGY MORATORIUM SOUGHT 3-24-05

RESIDENTS STILL FIGHTING WIND FARMS  3-16-05

DEBATE RAGES OVER WIND ENERGY 3-06-05

SHIFT FOR WIND POWER 3-05-05

PANEL PROPOSES CHANGES TO WIND ENERGY ORDINANCES 3-1-05

PUBLIC  HEARING SET ON WIND ENERGY 2-27-05

WIND FARM QUESTIONS COME TO FOREFRONT  2-2-05

GROUP FILES SUIT AGAINST WIND TURBINE FARM 1-26-05

RESIDENTS UPSET OVER WIND FARM ISSUE 1-11-05

CONTROVERSY CONTINUES OVER WIND EVERGY SYSYTEMS 01-19-05 (page 2)

MANITOWOC COUNTY CONSIDERED FOR MORE WIND TURBINE SITES 1-16-05

BOARD OK'S WIND FARM ORDINANCE  9-22-04

WIND TURBINES DISCUSSSED AT PLANNING AND PARK MEETING  9-13-04

MAYOR KEVIN CRAWFORD-WIND FARMS BIG NEWS IN AREA 9-8-04

COUNTY DISCUSSES WIND POWER 8-31-04



WISCONSIN NEWS STORIES

STEPPING BACK FROM THE LEDGE 7-2-09

INVENERGY TRIES TO WOO BROWN COUNTY FOR WIND FARM PROJECT 5-10

WIND FARM MOVES CLOSER TO REALIZATION 5-10

WEATHER RADAR HAS TROUBLE WITH TURBINES 4-20-09

LOCAL RESIDENTS CONCERNED WIND BILL WOULD WIPE OUT THEIR WORK 4-19-09

ORDINANCE AIMS TO LIMIT WIND GENERATOR USE 2-4-09

UTILITY SAYS REGULATORS REQUIRING IT TO LOBBY LEGISLATOR 1-25-09

WIND FARM FIRM KEEPS TURBINE PROJECT SPINNING 12-12-08

LOCAL LAWS LEAVES WINDFARMS OUT TO PASTURE 11-20-08

TOMAH-TOWNSHIPS PASS WIND ORDINANCE 8-19-08

WIND TURBINES CREATE CONCERNS FOR MEDICAL HELICOPTERS 8-14-09

CALUMET COUNTY SPEAKER ADDRESSES TURBINE ISSUES 5-28-08

FONDULAC-TOWN OF BYRON RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING SIGNIFICANT NOISE 5-23-08

CONCERNS AIRED IN WIND ENERGY FORUM 5-22-08

FONDULAC FARMER DISPLEASED WITH TURBINE ISSUES 5-18-08

EAU CLAIRE WIND TURBINE PROPOSAL GOES AROUND AGAIN 4-30-08

WPL BUYS HUGE WIND FARM 4-23-08

WIND FARMS KICK UP PROTEST 4-19-08

WISCONSIN FEEL TURBELENCE OVER PULLING POWER FROM AIR 4-12-08

RESIDENT TALKS ABOUT LIVING NEAR TURBINES 4-12-08

MAGNOLIA TABLE WIND ORDINANCE DISCUSSIONS 4-11-08

COPY OF DRAFT ORDINANCE

CATCHING A BREEZE BY LAND 4-11-08

CATCHING A BREEZE BY SEA 4-11-08

WIND ENERGY PROJECT IN WORKS 4-10-08

CLAY BANKS TAKES ORDINANCE TESTIMONY 4-10-08

TURBINES IN LAKE MICHIGAN 4-4-08

CALUMET COUNTY OK'S WIND ORDINANCE CHANGES 3-26-08

TURBINE BUILIT TO CLOSE TO RESIDENCE 3-24-08

ECO-ENERGY SEEKS STATE OK FOR CALUMET COUNTY WIND TURBINES 3-15-08

SENATE HOLDS OFF ON WIND TURBINE SITING LEGISLATION 3-14-08

WIND FARMS CONTINUING CONTROVERSY 3-13-08

WIND FARM BILL RUNS OUT OF GAS 3-12-08

STIFF BREEZE BLOWS AGAINST WIND FARM BILL 3-11-08

STATE LEGISLATURE LOOKD AT WIND POWER REGULATIONS 3-11-08

OPPOSITION CHILLS WIND FARM BILL 3-7-08

RARE BIRDS COULD BE THREATENED BY GROWTH OF WIND FARMS 2-27-08

LEGISLATION WOULD GIVE TOWNS MORE MONEY 2-14-08

GARDNER PUTS HOLD ON WIND ORDINANCE 2-8-08

UNION WIND RECOMMENDATIONS COULD BE USED IN STATE DISCUSSION 2-2-08

WIND FARM TREATENS HORICON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 1-15-08

WILDLIFE ADVOCATES PREPARED TO FIGHT WIND FARM TO THE END 1-14-08

SPITTING IN THE WIND-TREMPEALEAU COUNTY 12-28-07

WIND FARM PLANS WORRY NEIGHBORS 12-27-07

TREMPEALEAU COUNTY PASSES WIND ENERGY ORDINANCE 12-18-07

WE ENERGY PROPOSES NEW WIND POWER FARM 11-30-07

CALUMET COUNTY WIND TURBINE DEBATE, PITS NEIGHBOR, FAMILIES

NEIGHBORS OFFER PERSPECTIVES ON LIVING NEXT TO TURBINES 11-11-07

FONDULAC-WIND FARM OPPONENTS LOSE APPEAL 8-2-07

DEVELOPER EYES AREA NEAR CUBA CITY 8-2-07

CHILTON WIND TURBINES CHURN UP CONCERN 8-2-07

CALUMET COUNTY WILL LET COURTS DECIDE SETBACK 8-2-07

CLAY BANKS CONSIDERS WIND PERMIT FOR TURBINES 7-28-07

WIND RESISTANCE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY HITS SNAG 07-26-07

CLAY BANK PANEL STUDIES WIND DETAILS 07-4-07

HOLLAND PONDERS WIND ENERGY RULES 07-3-07

CLAY BANK PANEL CONTINUES WIND STUDY 06-21-07

TREMPELAU COUNTY EXTENDS MORATORIUM 06-19-07

CASCO-WIND TURBINE ISSUE TABLED UNTIL JULY 06-19-07

WIND TURBINES APPROVED IN MONROE COUNTY 06-7-07

RIDGEVILE COUNTY SUED BY ENERGY FIRM 06-7-07

GLENMORE WIND ENERGY ORDINANCE CHANGES 06-6-07

ZONING COMMITTEE ACUSED OF BIAS 05-29-07

TREMPELAU TO CONSIDER WIND POWER RESTRICTIONS 05-27-07

DOOR COUNTY  DEMOCRATS TAKE A LOOK AT WIND ENERGY 05-27-07

LOST LOAD SNARLS TRAFFIC IN FALLS 05-25-07

COMMITTEE KILLS DOYLE PROPOSAL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANTS 5-11-07

GLENMORE BOARD ALTERS WIND TURBINE PERMIT 5-11-07

SUMMITT ENERGY GETS PERMIT 4-26-07

GLENMORE RENEWS TWO WIND TURBINE PERMITS 5-8-07

WIND OF CHANGE 5-6-07

PLAN MAY HURT BID FOR WIND POWER 5-4-07

WPS EXPLORES WIND OPTIONS 04-30-07

UTILITY TO RECONSIDER WIND FARM FINANCING AFTER PSC DECISION 04-25-07

MORRISON SEEKS TOUGHER WIND ORDINANCE  04-10-07

COMPANY SEEKS MORE TURBINES IN GLENMORE   03-15-07

GLENMORE RESIDENTS HAVE QUESTION ABOUT PROPOSED TURBINES  02-27-07

MENASHA-PERMIT DENIED BUT WIND TURBINES STILL IN PLAY 01-17-07

MORATORIUM BLOCKS WIND FARMS 07-17-06

BROWN COUNTY URGES TOWNS TO DEVELOP WIND ORDINANCES 06-16-06

TALKS SWIRL OF GREAT LAKES WINDTURBINES 05-29-06

HORICON FIGHT CONTINUES AGAINST WIND FARM 05-26-06

WIND FARM IMPACT ON RADAR WORRIED FAA 03-23-06

TRYING TO SPARK ALTERNATIVE ENERGY 12-22-05

BROWNSVILLE OUT OF WIND FARM CASE 12-08-05

NEW ENERGY FOR WISCONSIN 12-05-05

ADDISON LAWSUIT SETTLED 12-05-05

GOAL FOR RENEWABLES PONDERED 11-24-05

INVENERGY TO PAY ADJACENT L AND OWNERS 10-27-05

BOTH SIDE OF WIND FARM DEBATE AGREE-NO FEDERAL ASSISTANCE 9-22-05

HOW ABOUT MORE BUFFER BETWEEN MARSH AND WIND POWER SITE 8-27-05

WIND TURBINE OPPONENTS AIR RADIO ADDS 8-23-05

439 FOOT TALL NEIGHBOR 8-20-05

SINGLE TURBINE APPROACH AVOIDS APPROVAL TURBELENCE 8-13-05

STUDY TRIGGERS DEBATE ON WIND TURBINE THREAT TO BIRDS 6-14-05

HORICON REFUGE AMONG MOST AT RISK 8-10-05

REHEARING PETITION TRIES TO STALL HORICON MARSH WINDFARM  8-5-05

WI-DAVIS WAYS IN 7-24-05

WAUSAU-WIND FARM PROPOSED FOR MARATHON COUNTY 7-20-05

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS OK'S HORICON-WIND FARM  7-15-05

HORICON-WIND FARM GETS GO AHEAD 7-10-05

HORICON-FOES PREDICT SLAUGHTER OF BIRDS 7-9-05

SHAWANO COUNTY APPROVES WIND ENERGY ORDINANCE 6-23-05

WIND ENERGY SUPPORTERS, FOES HOPE TO INFLUENCE PSC 6-22-05

TURBINE SITES CHANGE  6-20-05

WI-5 NATIONAL GROUPS QUESTION HORICON MARSH TURBINES PROJECT 6-17-05

WE ENERGIES PURCHASES RIGHTS TO 2 NAVITAS PROJECTS 6-16-05

PSC RELEASES FINAL EVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMEMT FOR HORICON 5-18-05

CALUMET COUNTY BOARD BLOCKS WIND TURBINES 5-18-05

ENERGY BATTTLE SETS UP DUAL BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTALlSTS 5-04-05

PANEL THROWS WRENCH INTO WIND FARM PLANS 4-27-05

WIND POWER ARGUMENTS JUST DON'T ADD UP 8-19-05

BOARD OK'S PERMIT FOR WIND FARM WITH CONDITIONS 4-26-05

NAVITAS-FONDULAC TURBINES  WILL NOT BE BUILT THIS YEAR 4-14-05

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

TIME FOR EMERGING ENERGIES TO MOVE ON 2-4-09

CHANGES NEEDED TO THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 6-14-08

LOUD TURBINES DO NOT BELONG NEAR HOMES 5-16-08

BROWNSVILLE DOESN'T LIKE THEIRTURBINES 5-16-08

ENGINEER QUESTIONS WIND ENERGY CLAIMS 5-9-08

ELECTRIC CONCERNS NEED MORE ANSWERS 8-1-05

WIND FARMERS MAY BE HAVING REGRETS 8-10-05 (BOTTOM OF PAGE)

TURBINES MAY BLOW ILL WIND FOR BIRDS-HORICON 3-24-05

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT FINDINGS FOR FORWARD ENERGY PROJECT 3-10-05

BOARD MODIFIES WIND FARM RULES-JUNEAU 3-9-05

WIND FARM RULING WAS INAPPROPRIATE 7-27-05

WIND TURBINES ABOUT MONEY, NOT ENERGY 7/12/05

OPINIONS

WIND ENERGY POSES SEVERAL CONCERNS  3/26/05

GET SERIOUS ABOUT WINDFARM PLAN 3/10/2005

ACT NOW TO CORRECT WINDFARM MISTAKE 3/03/2005

WINDFARM WOULD POSE THREAT TO BIRDS 1/16/2005

MEETING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISAPPOINTING 1/16/2005

KURT WILLIAMSEN COLUMN:RENEWABLE ENERGY ISN'T PRACTICAL  7-26-07

BOARD URGED TO CONSIDER DANGERS OF TURBINES

THE TALL TAIL REGARDING TURBINES

FARMER CHIMES IN ON TURBINE DEBATE

CITIZENS NOT REPRESENTED IN DECISIONS

CALLING WIND TURBINE COMPLEX "FARM" IS MARKETING GENIUS

WORLD RUSH FOR WIND COULD RESULT IN MASSIVE DEBT

WIND TOUR GUIDE MAY  BE BIASED

LETTER ON WIND FACTORY TRIP DID NOT INCLUDE HEALTH EFFECTS

WIND ENERGY IS FAR FROM FREE

STATE DRAFT MODEL WIND ORDINANCE NOT SCIENCE BASED 3-13-08

WIND FARMS NEED GOOD REGULATIONS

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State Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer, D-Manitowoc, testified earlier this week before a joint meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail and the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities, opposing bills that call for the creation of uniform siting standards for wind energy projects. Senate Bill 185 and Assembly Bill 256 direct the Public Service Commission, after public input, to establish permitting standards to be applied by local or state government to wind energy installations, regardless of size and location.


I'm here today to speak in opposition to these proposals, which work to undermine the confidence people have in the value of local government and the even-handedness of their state government.

In the Manitowoc County area, we are very interested in efficient new energy technologies. We host two valuable, highly efficient nuclear plants (and if you're really serious about producing low-cost electricity for a long time, we would love to put one more between those two). Our workers manufacture the towers that support the wind turbines. And, the city of Manitowoc operates a new, clean, coal-power plant in the middle of town, a block from my house, three blocks from the courthouse.

We are "all in" on the energy economy.

The issue here is actually a fairly simple one: Do you trust people in their local communities to make serious land-use decisions on important issues? These bills say very clearly that you do not.

Nearly five years ago, when it became clear that the demand for wind power sites would include our area, town and county government embarked on the intense process of trying to make the difficult land-use policy decisions contemplated under existing state law.

After a failed first attempt to create a suitable county wind power ordinance, the county board took a "time out" by declaring a moratorium on projects while it convened a special study committee to write a new ordinance. That committee, a balanced mix of citizen and elected officials encompassing all the principal points of view, took significant public input and agonized over the implications of making wind tower siting decisions.

After more than a year of serious deliberation, their work product, a comprehensive wind power ordinance, was overwhelmingly passed into law by the Manitowoc County Board in 2006. That both sides of the debate came away from the process a little unhappy with the results speaks highly of the quality of the work they did.

It continues to be tested, defined and refined according to the appropriate due process that is available at the local level for these issues. This (legislation) would throw all that work away.

These bills are ultimately a power grab, couched in the usual excuses — artificially-created minimum requirements for alternative power generation, speculative theories about man-made global warming, impatience with local decision making, and frustration with due process.

I'm here today to stand up for those local officials and the process of making local decisions throughout the state. Their work and the work of similar groups of local officials, who took their responsibilities seriously and in good faith waded in to address controversial issues in their communities, should stand and not be washed away because "Monday morning quarterbacks" from 150 miles away don't like the result.

These proposals tell local officials to get out of the way, dodge the tough issues, and because people in Madison know better; you'll decide.

I urge you not to pass these bills.

IT IS ADMIRABLE TO WANT TO SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT.
BUT WE DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SACRIFICE HEALTH, SAFEETY, QUALITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY VALUES TO ACCOMPLISH THAT GOAL.  WE ARE NOT FIGHTING THE EFFORT TO SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT, WE ARE FIGHTING TO BE PART OF A BETTER SOLUTION.
WORKING TO EDUCATE COMMUNITIES ON THE TRUTHS AND
REALITIES
OF
WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT