Wisconsin Wind Information Center
The Wisconsin Wind Information Center is a fact-filled, online library devoted exclusively to windpower development in Wisconsin, is now open to the public.
Created and managed by RENEW Wisconsin through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, this web site is the central resource devoted to informing the public and policymakers on wind energy systems over 100 kilowatts in Wisconsin. When completed this summer, the web site will contain not only the bare facts of Wisconsin’s wind energy projects but also the policy context that led to their construction as well as the individual histories of each project.
The page titled Siting History, for example, presents the history of the Public Service Commission’s rulemaking on wind siting -- from the 2009 law that triggered the proceeding to the rule itself. As constructed, the page archives the most important documents generated by the rulemaking, including the Wind Siting Council’s final report and the studies and presentations heard by Council members. An audio feed to the PSC’s final meeting (December 9, 2010) on the PSC 128 rule is posted on the site.
The Wisconsin Wind Information Center also contains links to important filings on the PSC’s electronic docket system relevant to specific wind projects (e.g., Forward, Cedar Ridge and Glacier Hills) that received permits from the agency. These include Environmental Impact Statements and post-construction avian impact studies.
Summary tables not only identify commercial wind projects operating in Wisconsin, but also identify the counties and townships where they’re located. Tables in the Economics page quantify the amount of local revenues annually generated by the state’s four largest wind projects, which together account for more than 80% of the state’s total wind generation.
The Center features project profiles of the largest wind projects in operation. In addition to dimensional data, project profiles will include photos, site maps, chronologies, supplier and contractor information, and related articles. Back issues of Catching Wind are also available there.