MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has released a bill that would dramatically increase property setback requirements for wind turbines.
Currently, turbines must be built at least 1,250 feet from nearby homes. Under the bill, they would have to be built at least 1,800 feet away.
A coalition of wind developers sent a letter to Walker on Tuesday saying Wisconsin’s regulations are strict enough and the new setback requirements would leave many potential wind sites useless.
Bill Rakocy is a partner in Emerging Energies of Wisconsin. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper his new wind farm in Brown County would have only one turbine instead of eight if the new setback were imposed.
Walker’s spokesman told the paper the governor wants to protect private property owners’ rights.