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Court: PSC doesn't have to explain how wind turbines affect property values

The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. Note cattle grazing beneath the turbines. By Leaflet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. Note cattle grazing beneath the turbines. By Leaflet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - State officials did not have to explain how wind turbines affected property values, when they imposed standards on where those turbines should be located.

That's what a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

State Realtors, builders, and local town officials sued the state Public Service Commission, after it approved new rules in 2012 for locating the high tech windmills.

The plaintiffs said the rules were not valid, because the PSC never wrote a report on the how the rules affect home and land values. A circuit judge in Brown County said the report was not required.

The Third District appellate court in Wausau agreed Tuesday morning.

It said a report is only needed when state rules directly affect housing. The PSC concluded that wind turbines do not affect land values, although many residents still disagree. The court said it agreed with the PSC's conclusion. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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