BREAKING: Energy Commission proposed for Brown County

Posted at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020


LATE ADDITION TO MEETING; RESOLUTION WOULD STOP MANY WIND ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEFINE OIL PETROLEUM AND COAL AS "DIRTY"


By Ed Byrne

The Brillion News

GREEN BAY – A late addition to the agenda for the Brown County Board’s Planning, Development and Transportation Committee, scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, is a resolution to establish a county Energy Commission.

The resolution mentions “clean energy projects” and says “it is in the County’s best interest to develop a long-term comprehensive energy plan to initiate cost saving measures by reducing energy consumption and reliance.”

The resolution also defines “clean energy” as energy that emits negligible amounts of pollution in the form or carbon dioxide, radiation, and/or chemical contaminants” and includes “Renewable Energy.”


It also defines oil, petroleum and coal as “Dirty Energy.”

The resolution also appears to quash any future wind energy developments. It says that “the County shall not site any County owned/operated wind energy generation facilities with one mile of any residential dwelling or public gathering space” and would discourage the siting of any wind energy generation facilities within the county.


The commission would have seven members including two members of the county Board of Supervisors and five “residents who have relevant fields of expertise.”

The county executive would appoint the commission members, subject to confirmation by the county board.

The group would be charged with establishing an “energy use base line” and developing a “long-term comprehensive energy plan.”

It defines the county’s ultimate goal as “being able to achieve 100 percent clean energy.”

If the resolution creating the commission is approved tonight, it goes to the full county board and the county executive.

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