Articles from Tennessee

State House puts curbs on wind farms pending study

The legislation that passed the House by a vote of 85-3 would prohibit the construction of any wind farm until July 1, 2018 in counties that don’t have any regulations related to wind farms in place by July 1, 2017, and create a special joint legislative study to evaluate and make recommendations on the siting of wind farms. 
21 Apr 2017

Alexander: TVA shouldn't raise Tennesseans' electric bills to buy power it doesn't need

"TVA has concluded that it doesn't need more power for the foreseeable future. Therefore, its board should resist obligating TVA's ratepayers for any new large power contracts, much less contracts for comparatively expensive and unreliable wind power. Instead, TVA should continue to provide low-cost, reliable power to the region that boosts economic development throughout the Tennessee Valley."
23 Mar 2017

Martin finds law for County to use against Wind Farm

Martin, as a matter of record recently, went into great detail reading verbatim the entire content of the statute to the commissioners, county attorney and the Mayor. This would leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that they did, in fact have a legal way —not to mention an obligation — to protect the residents of Cumberland County.
2 Mar 2017

County encourages state to pass laws on wind turbine projects

11-21-16-resolution_thumb The Cumberland County Commission approved a resolution Monday night to encourage the state of Tennessee government to pass legislation in regard to the impact of industrial wind turbines. The approval was met with a room full of applause and cheers from wind turbine protestors. The resolution is provided in full on this page. It can also be accessed by downloading the document attached to this page.
23 Nov 2016

The balance between wildlife and energy

“[The wind industry] says their making every effort to be proactive and to reduce birds and bats killed at their projects and they say nobody takes wildlife impacts more seriously than the wind industry.” Hutchins said. “I’m going to challenge that idea.”
30 Sep 2016

Commissioner seeks to regulate land use

Cumberland County commissioners will be asked to decide if they wish to establish regulations on land use in the unincorporated areas of Cumberland County when they meet Monday. In addition, the commission will consider a resolution joining with the Crossville City Council and state and national legislators in opposing the Crab Orchard Wind project.
14 Jul 2016

Survey says: FG board takes stand against wind farm

The board unanimously approved a statement opposing the wind farm project at its regular monthly meeting Thursday. Specifically, the statement opposes the wind farm based on the potential negative impacts to property values in Fairfield Glade and the negative impact on future growth the project may have. It was passed following a motion from Misty Keyes with support from Harry Price.
30 Jun 2016

Another Senator and Rep. Sexton oppose project

Last week, The Vista reported that Crossville City Council members now are in opposition to the proposed Apex Clean Energy Crab Orchard Wind Project. Now, State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) and Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) have announced  their opposition to the proposed wind turbine project in Cumberland County.
25 Jun 2016

County postpones wind farm opposition resolution vote

The resolution was not on the agenda, but 9th District Commissioner Sandra Baxter Dutcher sought to waive the rules of the county commission and have the proposed resolution added to the agenda for a vote. According to the rules an item is to be submitted seven days prior to the county commission meeting in order for it to appear on the agenda.
24 Jun 2016

Wind farms fatal to wildlife, inefficient

The truth is that the impacts of wind farms are significant, and they are not positive for Tennessee's environment and wildlife. If you look at the 23 wind turbines proposed for Cumberland County, each 600 feet tall — three times the height of Neyland Stadium, with blades as long as a football field — and plainly visible from Interstate 40 and the surrounding area, you begin to understand the scope.
18 Jun 2016

CRAB ORCHARD WIND FARM: Clean energy for our children or taxpayer burden for our children?

Apex has been very secretive about this project, and I do not trust them. Add to this the fact that several of their wind farms are having legal problems, and I do not believe this is the right company for this project. The Tennessee Legislature should put a moratorium in place on wind farms until they can update their wind farm zoning plans. In particular the set back distances for homes near wind farms needs to be determined for residents safety.
16 Jun 2016

Coming to an Apex?

 Bruce Owens, simply offered, “ I don’t want it,” he said of the Wind Project. “I’ve seen too many when I was in Indiana. And those were on open farmland with not many people around. Not like this.” Yet, it was interesting to note that, well before the 8 P.M. finishing time, the Apex meeting room had only a few people present while the Coalition’s room became jam-packed to voice their concerns and listen to the presentations.
10 Jun 2016

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