CALUMET COUNTY (WKOW)--Plans for a wind farm in northeast Wisconsin are on hold and the company involved says it's because of the state's hostile regulatory climate.
Midwest Wind Energy announced Wednesday that it would suspend plans to construct a 75-turbine wind project in southern Calumet County.
Midwest Wind Energy's (MWE) announcement comes just one day after the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) introduced a bill to suspend the wind siting rule (PSC 128). Wind energy companies and environmental advocates alike have warned that suspending this important rule would result in canceled projects and lost jobs.
"Most states are clearly open for renewable energy development and the economic development dollars and jobs that come with it," MWE President Stefan Noe said in a statement released by the company.
"So long as there are states rolling out the welcome mat, it doesn't make sense to devote significant dollars to a state that is creating unreasonable roadblocks for wind development."
The suspension of the Calumet project follows Invenergy LLC's announcement earlier this month that it would no longer pursue the development of a Brown County wind farm set to infuse millions of dollars into the local economy.