There’s a strong possibility that Wisconsin will see more of wind energy farms popping up around the state in the near future after the State’s Governor Jim Doyle signed into law a bill that direct the Public Service Commission to establish permitting standards to be applied by local or state government to wind energy installations, regardless of size and location.
“With our resources and strategic location, we have a tremendous opportunity to become a worldwide leader in wind energy,” Governor Doyle said. “This bill is a clear statement to the wind industry that Wisconsin is open for business and will create more jobs for hardworking Wisconsin families.”
In the past, the PSC only approved systems that can produce more than 100 megawatts of electricity. But the new policy gives them the authority to regular operations of all sizes.
Supporters say the wind siting law will help the state meet its renewable energy goals and set more uniform standards on what is allowed, and not allowed, when parties want to set up wind turbines throughout Wisconsin.
Currently, over 600 megawatts of proposed wind projects are stalled in Wisconsin due to the absence of clear, predictable regulations.