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Addison wind farm proposal stalled by a lawsuit
1 March 2001
A 25 MW wind farm proposed by FPL Energy for Addison in Wisconsin has been stalled by a lawsuit filed just hours before a planning commission meeting on February 11 was due to consider the project. The lawsuit was filed by the Town of Addison Preservation Group. FPL Energy had filed a conditional use permit for the wind farm in the autumn after working with the community for nearly a year to meet local concerns about the project. The opposition group has now asked the court to clarify the town's authority in regulating the wind farm under a 1998 state law designed to promote renewable energy in the state. James Tynion, representing FPL, says the commission would violate that law if it prohibited the wind farm. Michael Vickerman of RENEW Wisconsin, a pro-renewables group, says the suit was expected. He sees the lawsuit as a delaying tactic until local elections select a new planning board, which he predicts will be less friendly to FPL.
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