Walker’s regulatory proposal irks wind power advocatesWind power advocates are upset with Gov. Scott Walker over part of his so-called regulatory reform plan.
By: By Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Wind power advocates are upset with Gov. Scott Walker over part of his so-called regulatory reform plan.
Walker has released details of a special session bill to change Wisconsin’s regulatory process. The Governor says state agencies need to focus on job creation, and that only “the most necessary rules are implemented” so businesses are no longer held back by the costs of overregulation.
The part of the bill covering wind farms is drawing fire from those who say it would hurt business. Michael Vickerman of Renew Wisconsin says Walker wants to expand the distance that new turbines are away from buildings or property lines, unless the local property owners agree to an exception. Vickerman says the Governor appears to be making work for licensed real estate brokers by requiring them be part of any agreement between a wind developer and a property owner.
Vickerman has helped a group of Wisconsin wind energy companies send Walker a letter expressing their concerns. A walker spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The measure still needs legislative approval.