A group helping write Wisconsin’s new wind farm rules has met again. On Wednesday, Wind Siting Council member Andy Hesselbach of We Energies gave a presentation to state regulators about location goals and setbacks in developing new wind farms. Hesselbach said it is vital to build turbines where the wind is most favorable.
Also important, Hesselbech said, is establishing near existing transmission infrastructure, as new lines cost $700,000 to $2 million to per mile to build. Although he admits there are exceptions, owners of smaller parcels of land who don’t farm are more likely to oppose turbines.
Hesselbech’s analysis dealt with large wind farms, meaning five turbines or more.
The panel also discussed possible noise and shadow flicker limits on turbines, as not to disturb residences.
State law requires the Council to advise the Public Service Commission in developing uniform rules for wind farm construction.