The Governor signs legislation that could clear the way for more wind farms in Wisconsin.
The bill signed into law Wednesday directs the Public Service Commission to develop statewide standards for where wind farms can be located. Governor Jim Doyle says it will help eliminate roadblocks to wind power that can be caused by differing standards on the local level.
Doyle expects the PSC to develop rules that will protect communities, while also encouraging more wind power generation. He says wind power is rapidly growing, and the bill will help bring more development to the state.
Doyle says having statewide standards for wind farm siting will help to protect developers from spending millions on a project, only to discover it’s not feasible because of changes in local ordinances. The Governor says rules across the state need to be consistent to encourage new wind farms to be built.