New Wind Turbine Bill Introduced (here we go again)

As has been noted in the past on this blog and in many other places, the current law in Wisconsin regarding wind turbines has been unsettled, to say the least. On May 20, 2011, Senator Frank Lasee from Senate District 1 (east of Green Bay) has introduced a bill that would modify the statute, changing the setback requirements and making other significant changes. The legislative analysis can be found at the following link: SB98.

Among other things, the bill proposes a minimum setback of a half mile from the nearest property line, unless all property owners agree to a lesser setback. The bill also requires a minimum setback of 1.1 times the height of the turbine (including the tallest extension of a blade). The bill also requires the PSC rules to provide reasonable protection from any health effects associated with wind energy systems, including health effects from noise and shadow flicker. Finally, the bill requires a study of the effect on property values.

No legislative schedule has been set for the bill as of this writing.