According to the Wisconsin State Journal, green energy developers have recently applied for a permit to build the Highland Wind Farm, which would be a 41-turbine, 102.5-megawatt wind farm, located in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, about 25 miles away from the Minnesota border.
There has not been a proposed wind farm in Wisconsin in more than two years, due to uncertainty regarding wind energy regulations in the state.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently attempted to alter those regulations,but his proposal was not passed by legislators. However, Walker was successful in persuading Republicans in the state to ask the Public Service Commission to discuss a new deal when it comes to wind farm constructions, said the source.
Since the proposed wind farm is more than 100 megawatts, the current state mandates do not apply to the project, which is why there is hope that legislators will approve the construction of the new wind farm, according to the source.
WisconsinWatch.org reported that the strict rules regarding the siting of wind farms in the state has put a damper on the economy.
The website references statistics from Renew Wisconsin, a nonprofit group that advocates for sustainable energy, which found that the tough mandates have cost the state up to 1,000 new jobs.