TRANSMISSION & POWER PLANT BUILDERS TAKE RENEWED AIM AT WISCONSIN
Does the prospect of paying an additional $80-$160 per month on electric bills prompt you to consider alternatives to utility expansion?
WISCONSIN REGULATORS AND MISO
It is surprising how often climate change activists have to be reminded that it’s not the 1980s anymore. All large utilities, many large cities, many industry groups and utility-funded environmental groups are endorsing energy planning for either 50% or 100% renewable energy by a certain timeline. For the most part, environmentalists no longer confront utilities resistant to developing renewable energy, instead, utilities are begging State Regulators to allow them to own as many new solar and wind power plants as they can.
As our most precious, land based resources are in direct line of fire, the stage is set for truly historic, personal, community and institutional and decision-making.
In Wisconsin, our Utility Regulators have never seen a new power plant or transmission line devised by MISO, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, that they did not like. . READ MORE
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WISCONSIN REGULATORS AND MISO
ESTIMATING THE COST OF MISO’S LONG RANGE PLAN
MISO’S ELECTRIFICATION IMPACTS
MISO’S POWER PLANT ADDITIONS
MERCHANT POWER PLANT DEVELOPMENT
MISO’S LAND RQUIREMENTS
MISO’S TRANSMISSION REQUIREMENTS
SOUL’S CUSTOMER INVESTMENT ALTERNATIVE
WI LAWMAKERS TO HEAR CONCERNS ABOUT EXCESSIVE MERCHANT POWER PLANT DEVELOPER PRIVILEGES
FILE COMMENTS ON LINE
On Friday May 28, residents of Wisconsin will be able share their concerns about utility-scale power plant development with two Wisconsin lawmakers: State Senator Howard Marklein and State Representative Todd Novak, representing Districts 17 and 51 in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Counties. From 1-2 pm, the lawmakers will be receiving comments from the public including suggested state law revisions drafted by No-Uplands.com volunteers that would update and improve the practices and requirements for “merchant” power plant developers in the state. Some of the goals of sought law change are:
- To make it illegal for "merchant" power plant builders like Pattern LLC (and others) to secretly seek and obtain land leases from property owners before notifying THE PUBLIC AT LARGE and providing Public Information Meetings to formally receive and answer questions.
- To protect the personal right to be adequately informed, to make it illegal for a sales agent to obtain a contract from landowner without first informing the landowner of required information including the physical sizes of facilities (turbines, panels, roads, right of ways, etc.) the total megawatt size of the project, a map of the area where land is being sought, a copy of statute with plain language descriptions of the amount of allowable noise, glare, flicker and other nuisances that are legal and a list of nuisances that have been reported that are not regulated.
- To make it illegal for Wisconsin Utilities (Alliant, MGE, etc.) to buy the "merchant" solar and wind power plants before they are even built and charge electric customers for them without having to demonstrate need, cost impacts on ratepayers and evaluate alternatives that could be lower cost and far less invasive.
- Turbine and solar facilities are much larger than they were in 2014 when state ordinances were written. These PSC codes need to be re-evaluated and updated to insure that the health and economic welfare of residents and communities are protected. (Ordinances affect minimum distances from occupied dwellings, light flicker impacts and levels of allowable noise and air concussions).
Immediate legislative and PSCW actions are required with merchant class power plant builders seeking more than 50, large, utility scale projects across the state. It is hoped this LISTENING SESSION will be duplicated in other meetings with lawmakers in coming weeks. Contact email@example.com for assistance in reaching out to your state lawmakers.
No-Uplands.com volunteers have produced an extensive information packet concerning the proposed 600 MW Uplands wind proposal aimed at a 250 square mile area in Iowa and Lafayette Counties. Uplands would be the second largest industrial wind power plant in the Midwest. Its ~700 ft high turbines would be visible across the Driftless Area from the outskirts of Madison to the Bluffs of the Mississippi River.
MARKLEIN / NOVAK LISTENING SESSION
Friday, May 28th 1- 2pm
Belmont Convention Center
103 Mound View Avenue
STOP the Destruction of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Despite an on-going Appeal in state court, ITC-Midwest, American Transmission Company and Dairyland Power Cooperative are threatening to build the Cardinal-Hickory Creek 345 kV high capacity voltage transmission line from Iowa through the Driftless Area of Southwest Wisconsin, including the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Pictured above is the devastating clear-cutting started by ITC-Midwest in NE Iowa side as the construction approaches the Mississippi River and the river crossing
If the Appeal and other opposition efforts are unable to stop the construction., the cleat cutting will continue through the entire Refuge. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge was established by Congress in 1924 as a resource for fishing, hunting, canoeing, and birdwatching and as natural habitat for more than 200 Bald Eagle and 5,000 Great Blue Heron nests. During fall migration it is home to 50% of the continent’s canvasback duck population, 20% of the continent’s tundra swans, along with hundreds of thousands of other migrating ducks. The refuge is a designated Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR) and a globally important flyway.
Please consider signing this PETITION to show the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Rural Utilities Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the public’s passionate desire to protect the Refuge from this unneeded and environmentally destructive transmission line. This petition will support the effort of four conservation groups that are taking legal actions, including filing a federal lawsuit against these agencies, alleging violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, and the Endangered Species act.
We thank you for your support. Driftless Defenders