MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wind industry officials say if Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to toughen wind turbine requirements becomes reality it will be the toughest regulatory barrier in the country.
Currently, turbines must be built at least 1,250 feet from nearby homes. But under Walker’s plan, they would have to be built at least 1,800 feet away.
Michael Vickerman works at Renew Wisconsin, which has tracked the growth of the state’s renewable sector. He said a total of $1.8 billion in investment may be at stake if every state wind farm now in the planning stage is halted.
Denise Bode, of the American Wind Energy Association, said the requirement would put a “closed for business” sign on Wisconsin for wind development.
Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his proposal would benefit property owners.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com