No surprise there.
The long stalemate over windmill siting rules could become a moot point if the Legislature approves a new bill that keeps the power over turbine placement in the hands of local officials.
Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, late last week introduced a bill that would allow officials in cities, villages, towns and counties to establish the minimum distance between a wind turbine and a home — even if those rules are more restrictive than any the state tries to enact.
"The situation now is sort of lawless," said Rob Kovach, Lasee's chief of staff. "Townships don't really know where they stand."
New statewide wind siting rules, more than a year in the making, were suspended just before going into effect last March. Lawmakers sent those rules, which dealt with wind farms of less than 100 megawatts, back to the state Public Service Commission, where they have stayed as officials worked to reach a compromise between industry supporters and their critics.
Conservatives bemoan complex regulatory schemes that make it difficult for businesses to invest money in Wisconsin. And then on the flip side, when it's a green business, conservatives are happy to endorse a system which would allow each of Wisconsin's nearly 2,000 municipal governments to create and enforce its own unique regulatory standards.