Gallery: Governer Scott Walker Wants to Pass a Bill to Kill Wind Energy...


The newly elected Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has just proposed a piece of legislation that would effectively kill the development of wind energy projects in the state. His proposal, which is included as part of a piece of legislation that he says will help the state’s economic situation, would require all new wind farms to be built at least 1,800 feet away from their own property lines — a distance almost quadruple of what is now required. If passed, the bill would legally halt construction on twelve proposed wind farm projects, kill $1.8 billion in revenues and ruin the prospects for 950 new jobs in the state.

Wind critics in Wisconsin say that turbines decrease property values, cause unnecessary noise and create vibrations in surrounding property. It seems the Governor is siding with those that don’t want turbines around and noted that the proposal was written to protect homeowners. The current laws — aside from stating wind turbines must be built at least 450 feet from their own property line — require turbines to be placed at least 1,250 feet from any nearby homes (the proposed legislation would require a 550 foot larger separation). When questioned by the Wisconsin State Journal an aide to Walker sidestepped the issue by saying, “Governor Walker is focused on ensuring Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 jobs across all economic sectors.”

Those in the pro-wind farm camps are flabbergasted by the legislative proposal and say the 1,800 foot distance between a property line and wind turbines is an impossible distance to cover. “It would in essence shut down wind energy in the state,” said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “It is one of the most onerous regulations we have seen.” Wisconsin currently lags behind other midwestern states with their 449 megawatts of wind energy — Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa all generate thousands of megawatts of wind energy each year. If this legislation passes, wind companies will most likely take their business to more wind-friendly states rather than dealing with Wisconsin’s rules. It’s hard to believe that the state could meet their goal of producing 10% of their energy from renewables by 2015 with a law like Governor Walker’s.

Via Wisconsin State Journal

Lead image by Bodoklecksel


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  1. AngryinIN March 11, 2011 at 5:44 am

    lazyreader , you need to look up actual fact not just find a couple videos on youtube produced by the very organizations pushing legislation against green jobs, Big oil doesnt want green jobs green means they get less of the pie and turbines are NOT that noisy there is one not far at all from my house….i never hear a creak.

  2. lazyreader January 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Before we berate Governor Scott.
    Take some time and watch.

  3. AndyOlsen January 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you for covering this. I hope you can later cover the ominous role of the Wisconsin Realtors, who has been pushing this very agenda for some time.

    We have a chance of stopping this because the Legislature would have to pass his terrible bill. Please help! Join our Facebook group, learn more, spread the word, raise your voices!

    Save Wisconsin Wind and Jobs…185845214767014?ref=mf#!/pages/Save-Wisconsin-Wind-and-Jobs/185845214767014

  4. lazyreader January 21, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Lack of money, people don’t realize that wind power can only be niche. The wind energy industry is crippling in some states due to lack of adequate infrastructure, which is costing more than the turbines. A town in New York is now heavily protesting a wind development built there because of the noise pushing 70-80 decibels at night.

  5. beekay January 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I thought the tea party’s first matter of priority was to create jobs, not squash them. Scott Walker is now 0 for 2 on slam dunks. Hypocrisy as usual. This makes me ashamed to call WI my birth state.

  6. oboistkat04 January 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    This is exactly the type of people who need to be elected OUT of office, not in. Why did Wisconsin vote this guy in? He’s doing the state in. He’s already put a stop on the project which was going to build a rail from the twin cities, through Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. What a great way to decrease a lot of growth and economics in Wisconsin!

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