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Multi-National Wind Developer Seeks Wisconsin Landowner Commitments without Public Information Meetings

Very few residents of Iowa and Lafayette Counties in Wisconsin are aware that a Canadian-owned, multinational corporation, Pattern LLC,1 has salespeople on the ground courting landowners to exchange a few hundred dollars for signed agreements so that Pattern can build about 86, ~650 foot high2 Wind Turbines. Unless landowners slow down and make an effort […]

Getting Serious About CO2 -Part II

State Efficiency Programs vs. Regional Transmission Expansion Planning        Through Fall 2019 and early Winter 2020, a team of five, volunteer citizen public intervenors accomplished what no organizations, public utilities, government entities or law firms had previously achieved. They uncovered and exposed costs and benefits of region-wide utility expansion “planning” designed to study the […]

Getting Serious About CO2 -Part I

Section I: Have I Got a Deal for You! Question: What business would make a similar investment seven times and not stop to check its performance? Answer: One that is guaranteed 10.2% return no matter what the performance is. Collectively, the electric customers or ratepayers of Wisconsin utilities function as one, big investment business. We […]

Are You RIMBY Too?

For decades, promoters of for-profit utility interests have been calling me NIMBY, as in: Not In My Back Yard.  The labeling evades the fact that I’m really a RIMBY.  I welcome alternative power sources like solar Right In My Back Yard, and on my roof, and on my neighbor’s properties too. I like my energy use right-sized and close to where it […]