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Protect Wind Energy, Oppose SB71

Once again, the wind industry is under attack in Wisconsin.  Senator Lasee
has proposed SB 71, a bill that undermines the Wind Siting Law, a measure that was enacted to replace the previous patchwork of conflicting local regulations on small wind energy projects (under 100 MW) with clear, fair, statewide rules. 

SB 71 undermines this process by allowing political subdivisions (like towns or counties) to obtain an exemption from the wind siting law for "public health" reasons, despite the fact that no peer-reviewed studies have found wind turbines to pose significant public health risks. 

We are disappointed to see SB 71 and other bills that create unnecessary barriers to the wind industry, especially as Wisconsin continues to fall behind neighboring states in creating clean energy jobs. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Wisconsin had only 649 MW of wind installed by the end of 2012, as compared to 988 MW in Michigan, 1,543 MW in Indiana, 3,568 MW in Illinois, 5,137 MW in Iowa and 2,986 MW of wind in Minnesota. As we look around to neighboring states, we are left wondering, why isn’t Wisconsin open for clean energy business? Please contact your legislators today by filling out the form below to urge them to OPPOSE this short-sighted policy!

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I'm writing to you to urge you to oppose SB 71, the bill that undermines Wisconsin's uniform wind siting law.

The Wind Siting Law was enacted to replace the patchwork of conflicting local regulations on small wind energy projects with clear, fair, statewide rules. SB 71 undermines this process by allowing political subdivisions (like towns or counties) to obtain an exemption from the wind siting law.



If passed, SB 71 will cause our state to lose out on pending wind projects that have the potential to create hundreds of local, family-supporting jobs and provide much-needed revenue to rural communities. It will also cause Wisconsin to continue to fall behind all of our neighboring states in developing this clean energy resource.

Please oppose SB 71 and support the wind industry in Wisconsin, which provides clean, safe alternatives to fossil fuels. I look forward to hearing from you soon on this critical matter. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]