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Getting Wisconsin’s Wind Power on the Grid

September 28, 2011

LYONS, Neb. - The Center for Rural Affairs has released a map and informational database of proposed clean-energy transmission lines throughout the Great Plains and Upper Midwest, including three proposed lines in Wisconsin.

Getting clean energy from where it's generated to where it's needed is a very important issue now, according to Johnathan Hladik, an energy policy researcher at the center.

"It doesn't make sense to build any more turbines or build any more wind farms, because there just simply isn't enough transmission to bring that energy from where it's developed to where it's needed most."

Hladik says it's important for people to get involved with the companies which will build the lines.

"They want to know what works best for you, so you have opportunities to comment officially on the record, but then you have opportunities to communicate with the actual transmission development company, to really make sure your voice is heard and to make sure that this transmission is built in a way that works best for you and your community."

Hladik says everyone should check out this new map and database.

"This database is important because it holds information on each and every individual clean-energy transmission line in the Great Plains and Upper Midwest. And it's important that the community participates. So, make sure you visit the database, learn more about the transmission happening in your state or in your backyard, and get involved."

The map and database is online at cfra.org/clean-energy-transmission-map. Information about the economic impact of wind-energy development is at cfra.org/files/Connect_the_Dots.pdf.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI