EA for Grant County Solar

October 30th, 2020

The Environmental Assessment for Grant County Solar is out.

The PSC staff has issued the “Preliminary Determination” letter, saying that there’s no need for an EIS, no significant impact. Right… Read it here:

AND, you have to request a copy of the Environmental Assessment, so JUST DO IT!! From the Preliminary Determination letter:

Copies of the EA are available upon request, either in electronic or paper format (for a paper copy, an address must be provided). Requests for a copy of the EA should be made to Adam Ingwell at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin by telephone at (608) 267-9197, by email at adam.ingwell@wisconsin.gov or by regular mail directed to the Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7854.

Comments are due on November 16, 2020, including specifics about potential impacts AND be sure to include a request for EIS and explain why:

Comments on the finding of no significant impact for this proposed project should be made to Adam Ingwell at the address above, by email at adam.ingwell@wisconsin.gov or via the Commission’s website at where you can go to the “e-services” tab toward the top of the webpage, then click “file a comment” on the left hand side of the page, then locate docket 9804-CE-100.

All comments must be received by Monday, November 16, 2020.

Under Wisconsin law, no environmental review is required… really! Wis. PSC Code 4.10. And as with wind in Minnesota, Wisconsin has no solar siting rules.

They’ve gotten the message that environmental review is necessary, but it’s only an Environmental Assessment. Wis. Stat. 1.11(2)(c). The scope, breadth, and process of an Environmental Assessment is limited. Wis. Admin. Code PSC 4.20(2)(f).

2020 PPSA Annual Hearing

October 27th, 2020

It’s that time again, the Power Plant Siting Act Annual Hearing.

Friday, November 20, 2020

10 a.m. start

It’s all online, and the only way to participate is over the phone.

Here’s the notice and directions on how to show up:

Here are some prior PPSA Annual Hearing reports:

Here are the reports from prior PPSA Annual Hearings:

2000 Summary of Proceedings

2000 Report EQB

2001 Summary of Proceedings

2001 Report EQB

2002 Summary of Proceedings

2002 Report to EQB

2003 Summary of Proceedings

2003 Report to EQB

2004 Summary of Proceedings

2004 Report to EQB

2005 Report to PUC

2006 Report to PUC – Docket 06-1733

2007 Report to PUC – Docket 07-1579

2008 Report to PUC – Docket 08-1426

2009 Report to PUC – Docket 09-1351

2010 Report to PUC – Docket 10-222

2011 Report to PUC – Docket 11-324

2012 Report to PUC – Docket 12-360

2013 Report to PUC – Docket 13-965

2014 Summary Report– Docket 14-887

2015 Summary Report – Docket 15-785

2016 Summary Report – Docket 16-18

2017 Summary Report – Docket 17-18 – Download

2018 Summary Report – Docket 18-18 – Download

Why hold a PPSA Annual Hearing — sometimes I do wonder what the point is, because nothing is ever done about it — but it’s statutory:

216E.07 ANNUAL HEARING.

The commission shall hold an annual public hearing at a time and place prescribed by rule in order to afford interested persons an opportunity to be heard regarding any matters relating to the siting of large electric generating power plants and routing of high-voltage transmission lines. At the meeting, the commission shall advise the public of the permits issued by the commission in the past year. The commission shall provide at least ten days but no more than 45 days’ notice of the annual meeting by mailing or serving electronically, as provided in section 216.17, a notice to those persons who have requested notice and by publication in the EQB Monitor and the commission’s weekly calendar.

VOTE as if…

October 27th, 2020

Vote as if your Social Security depends on it… because it DOES!

When I’m 65…

Once more with feeling — tRump intends to permanently defund Social Security, to make permanent the temporary defunding started in August.

From a post back then — you can find tRump’s Memorandum and Guidance for defunding Social Security:

Friday – Defunding Soc Sec – U.S. Treasury Guidance for Payroll Tax Deduction

And my Letter to the Editor, once more with feeling:

When I’m 65…

Yeah, there’s a song, but that was last year. This year, yeah, boomer, I’m 65, and must enroll in Medicare. Nope, not happy about this at all. So much isn’t covered, basic things like glasses, hearing aids, what is covered is only 80% covered, and there’s an annual deductible. Insurance companies flood my mailbox wanting to take my money to cover the gaps. Neither party supports single-payer health care. They’re beholden to the insurance companies.

And approaching 65, consider Social Security. Most of us will need it. Based on the numbers, I’ll hold off collecting for a few years to have a higher payout. But with the defunding of Social Security last week, Social Security will be broke long before I drop dead!

Defunding Social Security? Yes, the “payroll tax cut.” Do you understand what this means? As someone who’s paid in, and as someone with grey hair, I’m horrified!

Cutting the “payroll tax” that funds Social Security means that the money funding Social Security would no longer be paid by employees and employers into the Social Security trust. That “payroll tax cut” means Social Security withholding would end. Social Security will be drained – all outgo and no income.

Enacted at the end of July, it allows, but does not require, employers to not withhold Social Security “payroll tax” from your check. If employers don’t withhold it from your check, they also do not have to pay their half, because withholding triggers employer payments. Again, Social Security would be all outgo and no income. How’ll that work for us? It won’t.

This “payroll tax cut” is in effect through year end. Missed “payroll tax” payments would be made up starting 2021, though how it happens isn’t explained. Many employers aren’t happy about this, because it’s an accounting hassle, and recouping those Social Security payments not made, by whatever scheme, would be a significant expense for employers and employees. A permanent cut has been proposed. Just NO!

Defund Social Security? We’ve paid in all our working lives. I’ve paid in since my Department of Agriculture summer job at 15. How many years have you paid in? Will you need Social Security? I sure will.

Yes, it’s an “entitlement.” We’re entitled to receive the benefits after we’ve paid in for so long. Cut the “payroll tax?” Defund Social Security? NO! You’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands!

October in MinneSNOWta

October 21st, 2020

Trump, shades of Stenvig

October 18th, 2020

I’d forgotten about the Minneapolis October 15, 1969 Moratorium and Teach-In against the Viet Nam war, over 10,000 showed up, and I was in that crowd. I’d taken a lot of photos and have no idea what happened to them, they’re gone. Anyway, I was looking that up, it’s now reduced to fuzzy memories, a wiki and compilations of photos from all over the U.S.

But I found this, and its really odd headline caught my attention. The similarities to issues today, the white backlash, the trumped up “fears” that had no relation to reality, and politicians’ capitalization and exacerbation of those fears to turn it into an election win. The 1971 Mayoral race was the first campaign I’d worked on, Stenvig had to go, but he won that election too.

This part in particular:

Political analysts, who were quite surprised by Mr. Stenvig’s victory, now believe he rode in on the rising bitterness of the forgotten middle-class over the establishment’s interest in the minorities, and on the issues of inflation, increased taxes, and encroaching freeways. Added to this was the reluctance of a normally Democratic electorate to vote for a Republican.

“There’s no doubt many people were more upset by what they heard was happening in other cities than what they saw here,” one observer said. “We certainly had a white backlash and it was a very big one because we have on of the largest populations of any city.”

Here we are, 50 years later…