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Emerging Energies ask PSC to reconsider permit for St. Croix Co. wind farm


ST. CROIX COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Developers of a large wind energy farm in western Wisconsin are asking state officials to change their minds about rejecting it.

Emerging Energies of Hubertus has asked the Public Service Commission to reconsider a construction permit on Friday for the new Highland project in St. Croix County.

Officials want the developers and the project’s opponents to file new documents by Tuesday which outline their stands. The commission will then decide whether to take the matter up again.

The PSC recently voted 2-1 against the new wind farm, saying it would occasionally exceed state noise limits – thus causing problems for several homes that are nearby.

Emerging Energies says it does not need to re-design the project to remove the noise concerns. The firm says it can program its turbines to reduce power, when wind speeds would cause the noise limits to be exceeded.

The Highland project is the only major wind energy farm that’s pending in Wisconsin at the moment.