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Democrats put brakes on wind farm bill

The bill, which also is known as he Alabama Wind Energy Conversion Systems Act of 2013, is in trouble because of a filibuster by Democrats that has locked it up past the required introduction deadline. That forces the bill to get unanimous approval before it could be introduced.

Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, introduced a bill last week to try to regulate the multiple wind projects that are trying to be developed in Alabama, but it is losing the wind behind its sails.

The bill, which also is known as he Alabama Wind Energy Conversion Systems Act of 2013, is in trouble because of a filibuster by Democrats that has locked it up past the required introduction deadline. That forces the bill to get unanimous approval before it could be introduced.

"It wasn't trouble related to the bill," Williams said. "It was trouble related to Democrats."

The bill's delay in the Senate meant Williams had to rethink his options. He enlisted the aid of Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne, who already had introduced a local wind-regulation bill, to introduce his statewide bill in the House, which has no such deadline.

Davis said he believes his local legislation will pass, but the future of Williams' bill isn't as bright. He lamented that it's unlikely go any farther than it already has.

"I just don't think the calendar is on our side," he said.

The bill states that development companies - like Pioneer Green which is planning projects in Etowah and Cherokee counties, in Williams' district... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, introduced a bill last week to try to regulate the multiple wind projects that are trying to be developed in Alabama, but it is losing the wind behind its sails.

The bill, which also is known as he Alabama Wind Energy Conversion Systems Act of 2013, is in trouble because of a filibuster by Democrats that has locked it up past the required introduction deadline. That forces the bill to get unanimous approval before it could be introduced.

"It wasn't trouble related to the bill," Williams said. "It was trouble related to Democrats."

The bill's delay in the Senate meant Williams had to rethink his options. He enlisted the aid of Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne, who already had introduced a local wind-regulation bill, to introduce his statewide bill in the House, which has no such deadline.

Davis said he believes his local legislation will pass, but the future of Williams' bill isn't as bright. He lamented that it's unlikely go any farther than it already has.

"I just don't think the calendar is on our side," he said.

The bill states that development companies - like Pioneer Green which is planning projects in Etowah and Cherokee counties, in Williams' district - would need "financial assurance" in place before beginning a project. The assurance would be in the form of a bond or cash, and would be used for decommissioning costs for the turbines.


Source: http://www.gadsdentimes.com...

MAY 4 2013
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