Siting rules for wind farms in Wisconsin still stuck

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in potential economic development are in limbo as officials continue to argue over new siting rules for wind farms.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the new rules were more than a year in the making, but were suspended earlier this year just before they were to go into effect.

A legislative committee sent them back to the Public Service Commission, which was tasked with finding a compromise between both sides. It’s seven months later, and PSC officials say they aren’t close to a deal.

PSC spokeswoman Kristin Ruesch says the sticking points are what they have always been, setbacks, noise levels and the effects turbines have on neighboring property owners.

Meanwhile, wind farm developers are sitting on their hands, and their money.