FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2010
Rules will help remove barriers to the development of safe, renewable wind energy
MADISON – After months of study, a diverse council including businesses, environmentalists and health professionals released recommendations today to standardize statewide rules for permitting safe wind farms.
“Countless hours of careful study, discussion and compromise went into developing recommendations that will promote clean, renewable wind energy and protect the interests of neighboring landowners,” said Peter Taglia, staff scientist at Clean Wisconsin.
“The recommendations released today help blaze a trail into the clean energy future.”
The Wind Siting Advisory Council developed the recommendations to guide the(PSC) in rulemaking after the State Legislature passed Wisconsin Act 40 last year.
This law charges the PSC with replacing an over-stringent collection of local regulations for permitting wind farms with sensible statewide standards.
“The old system for permitting wind farms was a chaotic patchwork of regulations that often prevented the development of safe wind farms,” said Taglia.
“Creating uniform, statewide rules will help promote the growth of safe wind energy in Wisconsin.”
The report released today finds no negative health impacts of wind energy systems based on the Council’s exhaustive review; to be abundantly cautious, however, the group recommends minimum setback distances for .
Other recommendations include giving neighboring landowners an opportunity to participate in the siting process through wind easements and establishing a complaint resolution process.
The PSC will now use these recommendations as it crafts final rules for permitting wind farms.
“Wind energy is an important part of Wisconsin’s energy future,” said Taglia.
“Implementing these recommended rules will help Wisconsin become more energy independent, create new jobs, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by promoting the growth of clean, renewable wind energy.”
Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy organization, protects Wisconsin’s clean water and air and advocates for clean energy by being an effective voice in the state legislature and by holding elected officials and polluters accountable.
Founded in 1970 as Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade, Clean Wisconsin exposes corporate polluters, makes sure existing environmental laws are enforced, and educates citizens and businesses.
On behalf of its 10,000 members and its coalition partners, Clean Wisconsin protects the special places that make Wisconsin such a wonderful place to live, work and play.
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