Wisconsin Towns Association calls for moratorium on construction of new wind turbines

2013-01-24T05:10:00Z Wisconsin Towns Association calls for moratorium on construction of new wind turbinesJUDY NEWMAN | Wisconsin State Journal | jnewman@madison.com | 608-252-6156 madison.com

A group of government leaders wants to halt the spread of huge wind farms around the state.

The Wisconsin Towns Association voted Monday to adopt a resolution calling on the state of Wisconsin and the Public Service Commission to enact a moratorium on the construction of industrial wind turbines "until further studies are done, solutions are found and the state's wind siting rule is modified."

The towns association cited a Dec. 28 report to the PSC by four consulting firms that found noise from the Shirley Wind Farm in Denmark, may be affecting some neighboring farms. The report recommended more testing and research.

The report is part of testimony in connection with an application to build the 41-turbine Highland wind farm in St. Croix County, in northwest Wisconsin. The PSC is expected to take up the proposal by the end of February, PSC spokesman Matt Pagel said.

He said the resolution by the towns association will become part of the public record on the case.

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  1. HockeyTeam
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    HockeyTeam - January 25, 2013 3:13 pm
    Find me a neighborhood that would rather have a coal plant, oil refinery or ANY OTHER POWER GENERATOR in their back yard instead.

    Time's up. That is what I thought.

  2. HockeyTeam
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    HockeyTeam - January 25, 2013 3:11 pm
    How is cheaper not better?
  3. HockeyTeam
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    HockeyTeam - January 25, 2013 3:10 pm
    No birds have gone extinct due to turbines, no 'mass slaughters' either. You haven't actually seen a modern turbine, but they don't spin fast enough 'slice up' birds. Any bird that is injured just simply runs into it. Which is exactly what happens with GLASS. Which I will wager A BILLION KAZILLION dollars kills in a year than turbines EVER will.

    Further WE KNOW FOR A FACT, that COAL, OIL, or ANYTHING THAT BURNS, not only kills other species but it KILLS US.
  4. HockeyTeam
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    HockeyTeam - January 25, 2013 3:03 pm
    Are you kidding? Wind farms do not produce any meaningful greenhouse gases. As far as the gases produced by power generation they are a part of the solution.

    To rid ourselves of emissions we will have to produce an zero emission power grid, zero emmission transportation apparatus (public and private), control livestock numbers, control population, etc..

    To say we shouldn't work to establish zero emission power grids because it doesn't affect other aspects of pollution is simply ridiculous.
  5. HockeyTeam
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    HockeyTeam - January 25, 2013 2:57 pm
    Oh please, no 'greenie' would ever endorse burning railroad ties. That type of thing is do to people like you who use the word 'greenie' and consistently attack the EPA.
  6. 196ski
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    196ski - January 25, 2013 10:08 am
    The worldwide use of COAL is expected to increase by 50% in the next 20 years. China and India are building 1200 new COAL fired generating plants over the next 5 years. We are shutting down our coal fired generating plants and EXPORTING coal to Europe and the Far East.

    Wind and solar cannot currently replace fossil fuel and nuclear generation for our electrical needs. The world population is increasing, the world standard of living is increasing, so is the generation of greenhouse gas emissions. Research into electrical storage, batteries and efficiencies offer potential but in the case of batteries we are at least 10 years away. The best we can hope for is to slow emission increases but we cannot reverse the process without draconian measures. Wind and solar will not play a role. If we are serious, really serious, we need to be advocating for population control, lower standards of living, and increasing the use of nuclear energy for electrical generation. None of those have the "feel good" of wind and solar.

    So are we serious about greenhouse gas emissions? No we are not. Adapt, think elevation when considering real estate, stock up on sunscreen and embrace the madness.
  7. concerned_citizen
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    concerned_citizen - January 25, 2013 9:54 am
    meanwhile, our coal fired electricity generating plants are slowly causing our children huge problems.
    mining the coal, transporting it, burning it, then the electrical transmission - man, that's a lot of destruction and waste - so we can rant on this forum, isn't it?

    maybe we should try some energy conservation?
    and make the price of electricity (and gasoline) match ALL of the costs of the product?
    then the consumers of those products might make some different choices.

    we certainly have some changes comin', whether our kids like it or not.
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/midwest.html
  8. davea
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    davea - January 25, 2013 9:40 am
    Any studdiesr to prove your ranting about "slaughtering off birds, to extingtion"?
  9. Billie
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    Billie - January 25, 2013 5:19 am
    FREE????? There is nothing free about it. What is the payback on a wind turbine? And then average that over the lifetime of the unit. WHile it might be cheaper, it is hardly free.
  10. scorp
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    scorp - January 24, 2013 8:33 pm
    It is always about the money ! Taxpayers subsidize the bird killing ugly eyesores in order to make the "greenies" feel relevant in society. The power companies rake in more money claiming infrastructure "investment" and the victims are too few to have any political clout. In southern Wis a power plant running on "renewable" energy burns railroad ties containing creosote imported from Canada because Canada prohibits burning such ties due to carcinogen risks.Yes, we can surely trust the power companies to look out for our welfare.
  11. 196ski
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    196ski - January 24, 2013 5:46 pm
    Good for the Towns Association.
    Wind farms are good for investors because of the huge up front TAXPAYER incentives, up to 30% cash.
    Wind farms are used because we are FORCED to purchase the electricity they generate.
    Wind farms do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in any meaningful way.

    We all want to save the planet, we need improved efficiencies and more research to do that. Until a cost effective way to store electricity is found wind farms should not be considered part of the solution.
  12. Jim Wiegand
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    Jim Wiegand - January 24, 2013 12:55 pm
    The logic of the turbine builders and their supporters goes something like this; We (the world) are going to lose so many species because of climate change that destruction from our turbines and infrastructure it is the lesser of two evils. We should be able to kill off bird populations across the world because it is in our best interests. According to them they have taken the high road that will lead to our salvation.

    What nonsense, all of this is in their best interests. If one buys into this twisted logic then why should we have any wildlife protection laws, wildlife agencies or conservation groups? According to them most of these species are going to die off anyway. This same logic is being used to ruin communities and run off with profits.. Or maybe we take it even further and use this logic to start killing, after all people are going to die anyway.

    Climate change may alter bird life but these turbines will absolutely slaughter off many rare protected species to extinction. Climate Change also means shifting precipitation patterns and changing ecosystems. Birds can fly and adapt, but not if they are killed off by turbines. And what about biodiversity and the important role birds play in our world? Where are the voices of reason? Where are the studies that will expose the hell we will have to pay for a turbine infested world?


    First and foremost in this climate change debate everybody has to keep in mind the character of those behind this green madness. They receive incredible profits and have their own tailored "credits" from taxpayers. These carbon credits and production tax credits are actually diverted funds or stolen tax dollars that could be used for real solutions. Why is all supposed to be OK? Then we have these same people that believe it is perfectly fine to rig science, conservation groups and politicians with their donations. Wind studies are routinely rig studies for a "their" desired outcome. Government agencies are rigged so the es same people get free passes for their activities, and of course, they rig the media to keep the masses ignorant.

    Today we got to see another trick from their playbook, parading ignorant celebrities like (Derek Jeter) in front of us from the World Economic Forum as their guest. All so they can muster support for their damn turbines and endear themselves to taxpayers.

    Folks, this is what is going on an it is 100% complete insanity. It is even more insane that anyone would ever BELIEVE A WORD from these people.

    If readers remember nothing else, never forget this....... Climate change will never be solved with millions of wind turbines slaughtering off bird species and by robbing taxpayers, but it can be solved with ecosystem management.
  13. AbrahamLinksys
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    AbrahamLinksys - January 24, 2013 9:58 am
    Skippie, as a liberal idiot who doesn't know any better, can you tell me what "blind hypocrisy" is as opposed to ... well-- anything else?

    Anyway, there have been studies of the effect of low frequency noise and the results showed it does have an effect on our health.

    Which means that anyone who lives anywhere near a power grid or who has electricity running in their walls is affected.

    Mines on the other hand involve a great deal more than constructing an unobtrusive tower. When putting up a windmill, you don't have to worry about waste products, groundwater contamination, tribal sovereignty or pollution.

    Anyway, shouldn't mine supporters be against halting an already-in-progress construction project? Shouldn't they be against any regulations that interfere with business and job creation?

    My 2 ¢
  14. Buckearl
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    Buckearl - January 24, 2013 8:25 am
    The towns of Wisconsin are tryig to do to the farmers what the white man did to Native Americans.
  15. KathyD
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    KathyD - January 24, 2013 7:25 am
    "May be affecting some neighboring farms." What does that mean? How? Are these scientific studies?
  16. JJBrown
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    JJBrown - January 24, 2013 3:02 am
    There must be locations that could meet the need of the people. Perhaps also keeping the number of units smaller than originally planned is an option. I am glad to see that more research is being initiated before a decision is made. This is FREE energy...it would be a shame not to utilize it.
  17. midwestguy
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    midwestguy - January 23, 2013 8:36 pm
    Find a neighborhood that is ecstatic about having these in their back yard.
    Time's up.
  18. skippie
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    skippie - January 23, 2013 8:30 pm
    liberals seen to be idiots. In order to build a mine we need to do years and years if studies to see if the mine is safe for people but we cannot even afford a month delay in building wind farms to check into safety. Can you say blind hypocracy?
  19. paulwesterberg
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    paulwesterberg - January 23, 2013 5:26 pm
    We should build more coal plants that silently poison our air and water.
    http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/visualizations/2e5d4dcc4fb511e0ae0c000255111976/

    Fossil fueled power plants also cause global warming which leads to drought and devastating crop loss, but destructive weather, high food prices and bankrupt farmers are a small price to pay for some peace and quiet.
  20. Chuckp
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    Chuckp - January 23, 2013 5:14 pm
    These guys never drive to far from home lest they drive off the edge of the earth. They should wrap tinfoil around their heads so the death rays from outer space don't fry their brains. Man that story was bogus from the get-go and the great journalists in Madison hyped a headline just to make it go. Come on folks, this is the 21st Century!! Oh, and by the way I know of no one who has died from wind turbine exposure as opposed to the tens of thousands who have died due to our sucking up to the Saudis and their marvelous fossil fuels.
  21. warmmidwest
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    warmmidwest - January 23, 2013 5:13 pm
    When is the Towns Association going to stand up to fracking and mining in Wisconsin for the same reasons? Oh, and water and air quality decimation, too?

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