STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Citizens and farm owners of the towns of Randolph, Scott, and Cambria
BACKGROUND: Wisconsin Energy Corporation’s wind project will be located in the towns of Randolph and Scott in Columbia County and consist of 90 wind turbines. These turbines will generate 162 megawatts of energy which would be able to power approximately 45,000 homes.
In September 2009, the PSCW issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement on the project.
The PSCW issued the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing construction of the project on January 22, 2010.
Opposition from concerned residents who live near the project site is based primarily on turbine noise, shadow flicker effects from the rotating blades, and problems with television reception. Opponents are also worried about decreased property values.
Construction on the project began on May 17, 2010. In 2011, the turbine equipment will be delivered and erected. The project is expected to be completed in late 2011.
SOURCES: Renewable Energy Development: http://renewableenergydev.com/red/wind-power-glacier-hills-wind-park-wisconsin/
We Energy: http://www.we-energies .com/environmental/glacierhills.htm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/business/46770847.html; http://www.jsonline.com/business/81050782.html;
Last updated December 3, 2010