OPPOSITION: Local government (Trempealeau County Board), Local residents (Concerned Citizens of Trempealeau County)
BACKGROUND: AgWind Energy Partners approached Trempealeau County in September 2006 to build several wind farms in the county. AgWind installed a wind measurement tower as a precursor to possible wind farm development in 2007, but the tower aroused enough local opposition to trigger a countywide ordinance that effectively killed the project. The ordinance included a one-mile setback from homes and workplaces, a half-mile setback from property lines, and a two-mile setback from wildlife refuges. It also has a 40 dbA upper noise limit and strong noise restrictions. Ryan Schryver, energy policy specialist with Clean Wisconsin, said “(Trempealeau County) effectively eliminated any possible development there.” AgWind decided not to seek judicial review of the ordinance but reserved the right to do so in the future.
SOURCES: The Daily Reporter: http://dailyreporter.com/blog/2010/04/19/wind-farm-draft-rules-spark-public-notice-debate/;
Renew Wisconsin Media Center: http://renewmediacenter.blogspot.com/2007/12/immediate-release-december-18-2007-more.html;
National Wind Watch: http://www.wind-watch.org/newsarchive/2008/01/30/wind-farm-tempest-blows-through-trempealeau/;
WLUK Fox News: http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/news_ap_madison_wind_farm_rules_200909121452_rev1
Last updated December 6, 2010