ACT NOW! Support bills on wind siting reform!

Monday, March 03, 2008

You may have noticed in the last few months the amount of time and energy RENEW Wisconsin has put into reforming the permitting process for wind projects. You can see news articles, editorials, commentaries, and more about the permitting problems at RENEW’s blog:

RENEW’s proposed reforms have been drafted into Assembly Bill 899 (AB 899) and Senate Bill 544 (SB 544), bills which will be considered at hearings on March 4 and March 5.

We need your immediate help to attend one or both hearings on the two most important renewable energy bills of this legislative session:

10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, room 412 East. The Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities Assembly will take testimony and vote on Assembly Bill 899.

12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2008, room 330 Southwest. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities and Rail will take testimony and vote on Senate Bill 544.

We expect a large and vocal anti-wind contingent at both hearings.

We must make an equally strong display of support for wind energy and the siting reforms!

Please attend one or both hearings.

If you cannot attend a hearing, please take the talking points in the attached and put them into your own words in a letter to Senator Jeff Plale and Rep. Phil Montgomery, and send them to Noah Seligman by e-mail ( or U.S. postage (Noah Seligman, Cullen, Weston, Pines and Bach, 122 W. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703). Noah will collect the letters, and we’ll present them at the hearings.

If you want to call to express your support, call Senator Plale at 608.266.7505 or (800)361-5487 and Rep. Montgomery at (608) 266-5840 or (888) 534-0004.

If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact Michael Vickerman at