Don’t stymie wind power in Wisconsin

Monday, February 14, 2011

A letter to the editor of the Wisconsin State Journal by Jake Smith, Madison:

Dear Editor: Gov. Scott Walker is proposing new wind siting rules that place such strict requirements that they all but eliminate the possibility of any new wind projects. The siting rules approved by lawmakers in December are the result of two years of study and need no further strictures.

Wind power in Wisconsin is a developing industry and has potential to address climate change with clean, renewable wind energy. Why would Walker want to stymie a burgeoning industry? The approved rules would support economic development by providing manufacturing, construction, operation, development, etc. It is counterintuitive that he is proposing up-regulation on something that could kick-start the Wisconsin economy.