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The Forest Voice is an organized group of residents in the Town of Forest, WI. Our goal is to create community awareness about the realities of wind development.


Shirley Wind Farm Declared HUMAN HEALTH HAZARD!!
Please review and respond ASAP!!


As you know, the Brown County Board of Health has declared Shirley Wind in Glenmore, WI a human health hazard. The motion passed by the Board of Health was a courageous act, one that no other board of health in Wisconsin or elsewhere has taken, and it could be a game-changer for the wind industry. The Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy (BCCRWE) is requesting individuals and organizations to support the Brown County Board of Health by emailing our testimonies or simply writing words of encouragement and thanking them for taking on Duke Energy, the current owner, as well the responsibility to help those suffering the negative health issues from the Shirley turbines. The Brown County Board of Health's actions will impact all of us threatened by or living in wind projects. Remember Emerging Energies built Shirley Wind, and if Highland Wind is built, there is no reason to believe the outcome will be any different here in Forest. Please read the attached letter from the Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy and respond as directed by emailing BCCRWE for the benefit of the Brown County Board of Health.

BOH Support Request

Oral Arguments heard on Oct. 21st - Petition for Judicial Review

A decision will be made by the court once all records have been thoroughly reviewed.


Reply Brief filed by the Town of Forest on Sept. 17th - Petition for Judicial Review

On September 17th the Town of Forest filed a reply brief in response to the Public Service Commission and Highland Wind briefs filed on August 29th.

The next/last step in this process is four hours of oral argument between 1 and 5 p.m. on October 21.

The document in PDF form:
Town of Forest Reply Brief

Response Briefs filed by the PSC & HWF - Petition for Judicial Review

On August 29th the Public Service Commission and Highland Wind filed briefs in response to the Town of Forest's initial brief. See the links below.

- The Town's reply to these briefs is due on September 17.
- There will be four hours of oral argument between 1 and 5 p.m. on October 21.

The documents in PDF form:
PSC Response Brief
Highland Response Brief

Change to District Court Schedule - Town Appeal

The PSC has requested an extension of time in which to file it's response brief.

The new schedule is as follows:

- The Town filed it's initial brief on August 1 per the original schedule.
- The response briefs from the PSC and Highland were originally due on August 22. The new date for the PSC and Highland is August 29.
- The Town's reply brief is now due on September 17.
- There will be four hours of oral argument between 1 and 5 p.m. on October 21.

Town of Forest Initial Brief - Petition for Judicial Review

On Jan. 10, 2014, Town of Forest filed a petition with St. Croix County Circuit Court for judicial review of the October 25, 2013 decision of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to award Highland Wind Farm, LLC a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the construction of an industrial wind farm in the Town of Forest and Cylon.

June 27th there was a telephone conference to determine the court schedule:
- The Town's initial brief due on August 1.
- The response briefs from the Commission and Highland are due on August 22.
- The Town's reply brief is due on September 10.
- There will be four hours of oral argument between 1 and 5 p.m. on September 23.

The documents in PDF form:
Town of Forest Initial Brief
Appendix to Initial Brief

Forest Voice Press Release re: Town of Forest Petition for Judicial Review

The Petition for Judicial Review filed by the Town of Forest is posted on the WindAction.org website. Go to: www.windaction.org or use the following link to the WindAction posting:

http://www.windaction.org/posts/39631-town-of-forest-petition-for-judicial-review-highland-wind-farm#.Uuawu7Qo6vE

Press Release
The Forest Voice and its supporters are pleased the Town of Forest has filed a Petition for Judicial Review in St. Croix County Circuit Court against the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC), seeking a reversal of the Highland Wind Farm permit. The petition cites multiple procedural errors, material errors of law and facts, prejudice, and abuse of discretion by the PSC. The majority of Forest residents have shown through multiple voting actions that they remain opposed to industrial-scale wind energy turbines in the township.

"We support our town government and remain confident our constitutional rights and freedoms will be upheld in our own backyards rather than in Madison, where lawmakers and regulators seem more concerned with pleasing the wind industry than upholding constitutional rights or protecting the public interest, health, and welfare." said Brenda Salseg, Forest Voice Spokesperson.

The PSC approved the project in September of 2013 after initially denying the project twice as not in the public interest. A rehearing request by the wind developer resulted in a "curtailment" strategy described as software programmed to reduce turbine production thereby decreasing noise generation in order to meet PSC 128 noise limitation language. Two of three PSC Commissioners allowed choice interpretation of PSC 128 noise language to accommodate the curtailment theory and overturned prior denials, while acknowledging noise violations will likely occur.

The curtailment theory has not been tried in any wind project in the United States, and no industrial wind turbine manufacturer has proved software exists to accommodate curtailment as a design component.

"In effect, the town residents would become guinea pigs in the Highland Wind Farm laboratory. The PSC has the opportunity to support the concept of curtailment in existing wind farms where people are begging for relief from audible and inaudible noise impacts," said Salseg.

Emerging Energies, a Merchant LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) could reap hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayer subsidized government incentives; in addition to the sale price of Highland Wind Farm, if a buyer can be found. The Forest Voice believes the lucrative incentives, is why the developer partners, Bill Rakocy, Jay Mundinger, and Tim Osterberg remain determined to force Highland Wind Farm on an unwilling community.

The Forest Voice has argued throughout the proceedings that the Highland Wind Farm will have negative consequences on Forest residents. quality of life and property values, as well as decimate the town.s American bald eagle population. .Should the project build, we expect the same ratio of illness and property devaluation as the Town of Glenmore, WI has experienced with Shirley Wind, also developed by Emerging Energies,. said Salseg.

Residents, industry experts, and the Brown County Board of Health believe the Shirley illnesses are the result of exposure to low frequency sound, infrasound, and electrical pollution that did not exist before the eight 500-foot turbines became operational. Three families have abandoned their homes and fifty affidavits document similar negative health effects for other Glenmore families.

"Take Shirley Wind times five, and the effects of the Highland Wind turbines could easily multiply into at least fifteen abandoned homes in Forest and 250 resident affidavits documenting health issues. Emerging Energies refuses to take responsibility and shows no shame for creating a public health crisis in the Town of Glenmore. What confidence do we have in the Town of Forest that history will not repeat itself? We pray justice will prevail in St. Croix County." Salseg stated.

The Public Service Commission Approved EE's CPCN

On September 26th, 2013 the PSC on a 2-1 vote, with Ellen Nowak dissenting, approved a CPCN for Highland Wind with additional conditions that include additional sound testing locations and sound testing periods, decommissioning costs to be worked on with the town board, and other items. Until the final decision is published, the exact details of the CPCN are uncertain.

LINK TO DOCKET INFORMATION

The Public Service Commission Approved Reopening of EE's CPCN

On May 2nd the Public Service Commission approved reopening of Emerging Energies CPCN, PSC Docket No. 2535-CE-100. There was a Prehearing Conference on Monday, May 13th. The schedule agreed to at this conference is prefiled testimony due by July 16th and the technical hearings to be held on August 13th.

As before, it will be very important to participate in and be a part of the PSC hearings and review process.

The Forest Voice managers are working on strategies with our attorneys. We will bring this information to you at our Forest Voice meetings. Below is the link to the PSC website, Case Management System Docket Information for EE's Application. It is docket number 2535-CE-100.

LINK TO DOCKET INFORMATION

Highland Wind CPCN application denied by the Public Service Commission

On Feb. 14th members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) decided, on a 2-1 vote, to deny an application of Highland Wind Farm, LLC, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct a 102.5 Megawatt (MW) Wind Electric Facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon in St. Croix County.

The majority commissioners determined a clearer record and a better demonstration that noise from the wind turbines would not exceed Commission standards was needed before making a decision to grant a CPCN. Highland Wind Farm, LLC, will be able to reapply to the Commission if an improvement to modeling and additional information is presented in a subsequent application.

The members and supporters of the Forest Voice are pleased that the PSC made the right decision to uphold the public health and welfare by denying the CPCN.

Help stop industrial wind energy development in St. Croix County

Forest Voice members and supporters have researched industrial wind energy projects for more than two years. We know what happens when these skyscraper height turbines are sited too close to homes and farmyards. The affects of mechanical and aerodynamic sound, both audible and at infra-sound levels, result in sleep deprivation, ear pressure and pain, tinnitus, nausea, vertigo, headaches, anxiety, and fatigue. Consider the sound a low-flying jet engine makes or the sound and pressure effects of trunk speakers in a "boom-box" vehicle. As the 300-foot plus radius of wind turbine blades sweep past the turbine tower, moving at 150 miles per hour or more, one can get a good sense of the sounds industrial wind turbines create. Electrical pollution or "stray voltage" is an additional problem. Thousands of people living in rural areas throughout the world have been forced to live with the negative health consequences of industrial wind turbines, along with nonparticipating property devaluation and a unaffordable tax subsidy drain adding billions to our national debt.

Industrial wind turbines are not "windmills." However, industrial wind turbines are based on the old-fashioned form of energy, with no better results than their antique predecessors. Turbines are an ineffective form of renewable energy producing electricity well below its rated capacity and works only when the wind blows. No coal- or natural gas-fired power plant has ever been replaced by wind energy; in fact, traditional power plants are necessary to ramp up and down to accommodate intermittent wind. Experts believe wind energy has little to no effect on reducing greenhouse gases. Yet millions of acres of agricultural and rural land continue to be yoked by wind developers for tax benefits, grants, and depreciation taking land from nonparticipating and unwilling landowners by de facto eminent domain. Wind energy development is corporate welfare at its worst, and nothing more than a tax subsidy gravy train.

Join us on October 9, 2012 as we travel to the technical hearing at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission building in Madison, WI for the proposed 41-tower 500-foot tall industrial turbine Highland Wind project. The Forest Voice, citizens for responsible renewable energy, its supporters, and friends will attend the hearing to show opposition in the Town of Forest and St. Croix County in the taking of our constitutional property rights, quality of life, and tax dollars. Round trip cost: $30.00. Motor coach will depart Forest, WI (Co. Road D and Hwy. 64) at 4:30 a.m. on 10/09/12. Expected arrival home by 9:00 p.m. Email info@theforestvoice.org for sign up information. A Forest Voice representative will contact you to save your seat on the bus.


Emerging Energies/Highland Wind Farm, LLC Revised Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) Application has been found complete!!

On December 19, 2011, Highland Wind Farm, LLC (HWF) filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (Commission) for authority to construct and place into operation a new wind electric generation facility. The proposed project would be located in St. Croix County, Wisconsin.

The Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reviewed the application to construct the facilities. The Commission, under Wis. Stat. 196.491(3)(a)2. and Wis. Admin. Code PSC 111.53, found the CPCN application to be incomplete.

On February 28, 2012 Highland Wind Farm, LLC filed a revised CPCN.

On March 29th, 2012 The Commission found the revised CPCN application complete. Per the Commission's letter dated March 29th, the Commission has a 180-day review period. The letter also states that application information that is considered adequate with this determination may require further development in the Commission's review process.

PSC Docket No 2535-CE-100

It will be very important to participate in and be a part of the PSC hearings and review process.


The Forest Voice managers are working on strategies with our attorneys. We will bring this information to you at our monthly Forest Voice meetings.

Below is the link to the PSC website, Case Management System Docket Information for EE's Application. It is docket number 2535-CE-100.

LINK TO DOCKET INFORMATION


CALL TO ACTION

Please take the time to make the contacts listed in the attachment. There are sample letters included for your convenience. We need to let our federal representation know that they should not support 4 more years of subsidy with the Production Tax Credits. We want Governor Walker to know that we do not want PSC128 to become law. Contact Rep. Murtha and thank him for co-sponsoring Senator Lasee's bill.

CLICK HERE FOR ATTACHMENT


CLICK HERE to see a copy of the WIND ENERGY SYSTEM LICENSING ORDINANCE for the Town of Forest

HIGHLAND WIND GROUP DROPS $25 MILLION CLAIM AGAINST TOWN OF FOREST

On 2/8/12 Emerging Energies LLC, a.ka. Highland Wind Farm dropped its potential lawsuit against the Town of Forest. We can only surmise two reasons the wind developer would drop it's potential $25 million lawsuit against the Town of Forest for breach of contract: 1: the developer knows it would be unwise to open up township records to legal scrutiny, and 2. the wind developer is trying to improve its image with other townships it may be targeting next for a wind project.

WIND PROJECT IS NOT WELCOME
CLICK HERE TO REVIEW RESOLUTION NO. 5
CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE 5/18/11 NOTICE OF CLAIM

Town Of Forest Eagle Watch

Please take note of all sitings of eagles in the town of Forest - flying or nesting.

Report the date, time, and section no. to the Forest Voice email info@theforestvoice.org

Everyone:
Please contact the members of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules. This is the committee that hosted the public hearing some of us attended and testified at on Wednesday, February 9th. Thank the committee members for the hearing, and tell them you are opposed to the PSC Rule and that the rule must be suspended in order to protect residents against irresponsible wind turbine siting.

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules
(member contact information - Republicans in red,Democrats in blue)

Representative Jim Ott (Co-Chair) Rep.OttJ@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-0486
Senator Leah Vukmir (Co-Chair) Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-2512
Representative Dan Meyer Rep.meyer@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-7141
Representative Daniel LeMahieu Rep.lemahieu@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-9175
Representative Gary Hebl Rep.hebl@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-7678
Representative Frederick Kessler Rep.kessler@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-5813
Senator Joseph Leibham Sen.leibham@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-2056
Senator Glenn Grothman Sen.Grothman@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-7513
Senator Lena Taylor Sen.taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-5810
Senator Fred Risser Sen.risser@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-1627