Wisconsin GOP Hates Windpower: Windpower Hates Wisconsin.
March 25, 2011
California had the Terminator. Now, Wisconsin has the Turbine-hater.
Wind energy developer Invenergy pulled the plug on a planned wind farm in Wisconsin last week, in the first of what may be a slew of such money-losing exits for the state.
The Chicago-based firm cited the state’s “regulatory uncertainty” in its decision to cancel plans for the 150-megawatt Ledge Wind Energy Center in southern Brown County.
Invenergy said that the abrupt suspension of state wind siting rules and an “unstable climate” — namely Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to establish the nation’s most stringent wind standards — had forced the firm to think twice about building its 100-turbine project in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin GOP radicals have shown that they hate labor, and apparently hate the industries of the future that might create more work for “union thugs” in their state. In addition to placing roadblocks to new wind projects, the Wisconsin GOP has also nixed high speed rail projects that might jump start yet another major manufacturing industry, and bring thousands of desperately needed jobs to the rust belt.
In a major setback for Badger State wind power development, a joint committee of the Wisconsin state legislature voted today to roll back wind farm siting rules developed in a multi-stakeholder process, immediately threatening all future wind power development as well as job growth-and potentially hanging a “closed for business” sign on the state’s potential storefront of economic development from the industry.
In a highly unusual and drastic move, the 10-member Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) suspended the Wisconsin Wind Siting Rules, known as PSC128, on the same day they were set to take effect, despite the fact that the rules had been developed by consensus over the course of two years in an open, balanced and collaborative process.
So, now the feelings are apparently mutual. The Wind industry has decided – Wisconsin blows.