A resolution asking the state of Wisconsin to finance a study on any alleged health risks of wind turbines was approved by the Fond du Lac County Board of Health. Representatives from WE Energies and Invenergy, which operate wind turbines in the county, said that several studies have found no evidence linking wind turbines to health problems. The resolution will be taken up by the full county board on Aug. 20.
Supervisors in the Wisconsin towns of Sherman and Holland unanimously voted that EEW Services' wind power proposal was incomplete because it fell short of meeting local and state requirements. EEW could resubmit an amended plan or file an appeal with the state Public Service Commission if it believes that the towns overstepped their authority in rejecting the application.
Officials in Sherman, Wis., have started reviewing EEW Services' application to build a four-turbine wind farm in the town, but they have also asked the state Public Service Commission to stop accepting new applications until the state adopts new rules addressing health concerns. EEW Services hopes it can begin work on the proposed Windy Acres Wind Farm this year. Another of EEW Services' proposed wind farms in Wisconsin was denied a construction permit due to concerns over the state's acoustical standard, but the company has since submitted new data showing that it could meet the standard.
A recent study in Wisconsin found no evidence that audible and inaudible sounds from wind turbines pose a risk to human health, write John Anderson, director of siting policy for the American Wind Energy Association, and Joe Sullivan, regional policy manager for Wind on the Wires. "While politicians and others may opine on this issue for various reasons, current science does not support the assertion that there is anything inherently dangerous with this technology," Anderson and Sullivan write.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has accepted Emerging Energies' application for a $250 million wind project in St. Croix County, Wis. The PSC will now have 180 days to evaluate whether to award a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the Highland Wind Farm project. Emerging Energies hopes to install the project's 41 turbines by the end of 2013.