This just received from our friends Fran Kunz and Lynn Korinek of WINDCOWS (Wisconsin INDependent Citizens Opposing Wind Turbine Sites).
Many of my (Fran Kunz) friends and family know that I have become active in the pursuit of sensible and responsible wind turbine regulations to protect the greater good of all WI citizens. Along with the help of Lynn Korinek, here is an update on the current situation in Wisconsin:
In short, the WI PSC has ignored the documents and studies (from experts from around the world) provided to them and submitted to the docket. It appears they have not even read the docket submissions. The first open docket brought in some 1800 submissions, and the second posted about 100. Of the total 1900+/- submissions it is conservatively estimated that 80% were either factual evidence in favor of stricter siting regulations or citizens’ requests for the same. A PSC employee has stated, “That is the most submissions ever to a single docket.” The committee report stated that no third party or personal accounts submitted were included in the report as they did not pertain to the siting rules.
It was understood that the siting council was supposed to review the existing wind energy ordinances in the state. This was never discussed at the meetings. Towns and Counties spent years working on these ordinances, which is far more than the 5 months the siting council was allowed. These ordinances were written after doing a great amount of research without allowing influence by the financially motivated. Low frequency noise, a serious negative health effect of industrial wind turbines was never addressed by the council or the PSC.
We can’t allow this industry to self-test in any way. The wind industry is not regulated and must be overseen, especially when their actions can have such a serious negative effect on health and safety of our good Wisconsin families. We already have too many non-participating families that are suffering and have no recourse because the developer is “within” the limits that were set by the PSC, or they (the land owner) signed away their rights in a contract with a gag order.
THE NEWEST RULES ALLOW THE DEVELOPER TO DO THEIR OWN NOISE STUDY IF THERE IS A COMPLAINT. IF THE DEVELOPER FINDS THEY/THEMSELVES ARE IN COMPLIANCE, THEY DO NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANY COMPLAINTS FROM THAT LANDOWNER FOR TWO YEARS.
That’s the fox guarding the hen-house!
The minority report from the wind siting council shows that the group was stacked with wind advocates and that they simply pushed their agenda through without regard for health and safety, the very purpose of Act 40 in the first place.
Our property values will drop up to 43% based on Appraisal One Group’s study in Fond Du Lac, WI. The wind industry insists that wind turbines actually increase property values (in spite of clear evidence to the contrary). If that is the case, why are they refusing to agree to a property value protection plan? If property value increases around wind turbines, what have they got to lose?
Commissioner Azar argues in her letter to the legislature that the standards recommended by the PSC do not go far enough in protecting individuals who experience harm from the turbines.
We now have 30 days for public input before the PSC siting rules become law. Now is the time for us to be heard louder than ever. The clock started ticking August 31st.
This is a very critical time for the members of the two energy committees to hear from us in regards to the wind siting recommendations.
You can also contact WINDCOWS for further assistance at this address – firstname.lastname@example.org
The 4 key people on the Energy committees that should be contacted are:
- Senator Rob Cowles, Chair of senate energy committee – 608-266-0484 or 920-448-5092 (Green Bay)
- Assemblyman Phil Montgomery – 608-266-5840 or 920-496-5953 (Green Bay)
- Assemblyman Jim Soletski, Chair of Assembly energy committee – 608-266-0485 (Green Bay)
- Ted Zigmunt (dem) – 608-266-9870 (Wrightstown/Glenmore)
Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities, Energy, and Rail:
|Jeff Plale (D) Chair||608-266-7505||414-694-7379||(Southeast – Milwaukee)|
|Robert Wirch (D)||608-266-8979||262-694-7379||(Southeast corner)|
|Jon Erpenbach (D)||608-266-6670||888-549-0027||(South)|
|Pat Kreitlow (D)||608-266-7511||(West – Chippewa Falls)|
|Robert Cowles (R)||608-266-0484||920-448-5092||(Green Bay)|
|Sheila Harsdorf (R)||608-266-7745||(West Central)|
|Neal Kedzie (R)||608-266-2635||262-742-2025||(Southeast corner)|
The Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities:
|James Soletski (D) Chair||608-266-0485||(Green Bay)|
|Josh Zepnick (D)||608-266-1707||414-727-0841||(Milwaukee)|
|Anthony Staskunas (D)||608-266-0620||414-541-9440||(West Allis)|
|Jon Richards (D)||608-266-0650||414-270-9898||(Milwaukee)|
|John Steinbrink (D)||608-266-0455||262-694-5863||(Southeast corner)|
|Joe Parisi (D)||608-266-5342||(Madison)|
|Ted Zigmunt (D)||608-266-9870||(Wrightstown/Glenmore)|
|Michael Huebsch (R)||608-266-0631||(West Central)|
|Phil Montgomery (R)||608-266-5840||920-496-5953||(Green Bay)|
|Mark Honadel (R)||608-266-0610||414-764-9921||(Milwaukee)|
|Kevin Peterson (R)||608-266-3794||(Waupaca)|
|Rich Zipperer (R)||608-266-5120||(Pewaukee)|
Allegheny Treasures Note: The concerned group, WISCONSIN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS OPPOSING WIND TURBINE SITES (WINDCOWS), was formed by a concerned group of citizens to protect the health, safety and well being of all citizens in regards to the siting of industrial wind turbines in the State of Wisconsin.