Wind energy workshop explores utility-scale systems

Wind energy workshop explores utility-scale systems

By David Dornbusch, Blackhawk Hills RC&D

If you live in a rural area and have wondered about harnessing the wind’s energy on your land, this workshop is for you. On Friday, April 11, a wind energy workshop will be hosted at Blackhawk Technical College (Room 1400B) in Janesville, Wis.

This workshop will help farmers, rural homeowners and small businesses throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois learn some of the options for developing wind sites and what their next steps should be and whom to contact for assistance. It will help town and county zoning and county board officials, economic development professionals, land and water conservation and NRCS representatives to understand how wind energy developments affect and can be integrated into their plans. The goal is to provide information to help property owners understand the process for developing wind sites.

The program will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Topics will include: the process of utility-scale wind development, wind resources in Wisconsin and Illinois, the landowners’ role in utility-scale development (i.e., law, royalty and leasing structures), siting and permitting issues, funding sources, and markets for wind-generated electricity.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch. Space is limited, so register early. Registration deadline: April 8. For information or to register, contact Blackhawk Hills RC&D in Illinois at (815) 625-3854 or visit its Web site at

The event is organized by the Town and Country and Southwest Badger RC&D’s in Wisconsin and the Blackhawk Hills RC&D in Illinois. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Focus on Energy, Wisconsin Division of Energy, Illinois’ Department of Economic Opportunities and Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

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