Hearing for Wind Farm Bills Controversial

Identical State Senate and Assembly bills, steered, respectively by State Senator Jeff Plale, D-Milwaukee, and State Representative James Soletski, D-Green Bay, have received a joint public hearing with industry representatives and environmental advocates supporting statewide wind farm standards while many residents questioned the bills. Much of the more than eight hours of public testimony was from those opposed to state guidelines for wind farm placement. The bills would not create the standards or determine where in Wisconsin wind farms should be built, but the legislation would let the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin draft a set of statewide standards for legislative review. Proponents argue that town and county ordinances vary greatly and deter wind developers from building farms in Wisconsin because there are too many hurdles.

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