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PSC reopens Highland Wind Farm hearing

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has reopened the hearing related to the Highland Wind Farm project in St. Croix County.

After rejecting the developer’s application earlier last month, the PSC said it will allow Emerging Energies officials to provide further proof that their project, as proposed, would meet state standards and thus deserves approval.

At its meeting last week, the PSC commissioners voted 2-1 to allow further testimony in the matter. Chairman Phil Montgomery was the key vote, as he had previously voted to reject the Highland application because of concerns that the 44 turbines might exceed noise limits established by state law. He said he was reluctant to switch his stance, however. (more…)