From the Daily Reporter article: “Holland backs hollow wind farm moratorium”
Joining the list of states telling residents to “BUTT OUT!” on industrial wind projects there’s this from Wisconsin. Plus, I think we have a front runner for the industrial wind Eeyore of the week contest. Read on and see if you agree.
The article says that Local solidarity is driving a Holland wind farm moratorium that has no chance of success if the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approves a project in the town.
Yep, here’s what the PSC has to say, according to the article: If the town wants a moratorium, the state has no reason to disagree, said PSC spokeswoman Teresa Weidemann-Smith. “It’s the community’s right to make those decisions,” she said. “But ultimately, the decision by the PSC will take precedence.” In other words, don’t waste your time, folks!
You see, The PSC has authority over projects expected to generate more than 100 megawatts of electricity. Weidemann-Smith said the Ledge project is expected to generate 150 megawatts. According to state law, if the PSC approves a project, it can proceed despite any local ordinance prohibiting the project.
Nyah, Nyah Na Na Na!
And what do we hear from the town officials: “We know the PSC will have final say in this project,” said Holland Supervisor Michael Geiger. “We’re just letting them know how we feel about it. When it comes to town politics, we’re about as grass roots as you get. The people that live next door want to know you’re supporting them. That’s what I’m doing.”
Well, good! At least Mr. Geiger is standing up for the folks … isn’t he? “The residents at the last two meetings have said they’re prepared to fight,” he said. “I don’t know how they’ll do that, and I don’t really want to know. All I know is with the moratorium, I’m doing something the majority wants. If you don’t do something they want, they’ll get somebody who will.”
Congratulations Mr. Eeyore Geiger! If you don’t win, be assured of an honorable mention.