On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail will hold a public hearing on two rule packages proposed by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). Both rule packages are a result of legislation passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Doyle.
When legislation is enacted, state agencies are frequently tasked with developing administrative rules that determine how a new law is implemented. One of the rule packages being considered on Wednesday involves the siting of wind turbines. A bill was passed in the 2009-10 legislative session that called for uniform regulation of wind farms under 100 megawatts.
As a member of this Committee, I will be taking part in the public hearing that is scheduled for 11:00 AM in the State Capitol. The public hearing notice can be found on the State Legislatureâ€™s website at http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/. Additionally, you can read the wind siting rule and learn more about the proposal at the PSCâ€™s website, http://psc.wi.gov/.
If you are unable to attend the public hearing and are interested in submitting testimony, please feel free to send me your comments and I will distribute them to committee members.