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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

 2:42 PM 

Wind siting bill sent back to Senate committee

The Senate voted to send a bill repealing wind power generation siting rules back to the Senate Organization Committee.

The rules, promulgated by the Public Service Commission, took effect on March 1.

Dems opposed referring the bill back to committee. Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, urged the body to take up the bill today and vote it down. He said that would send a signal to the wind energy industry that the legislature is in support of it.

But Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, said the bill is being sent back for further discussion. He said windmills are harmful to adjacent property owners, and wind energy drives up costs for ratepayers.


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