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Winds of change: Alternative energy source planned for Shinbone Ridge

The bill would give local county commissions and city councils the opportunity to approve or deny wind energy projects in their communities. It would also require financing mechanisms to ensure the turbines are property removed if the projects fail, Williams said. “There is absolutely no regulatory body, a set of rules or expectations on wind energy anywhere in the state of Alabama,” he said.
18 Jul 2013

Williams' bill would regulate, not eliminate wind turbines in Ala.

Williams' bill calls for ADEM to establish a permit application process that would have to be completed by any company wishing to build a wind energy project in Alabama. The permit would be both a construction and operation permit. Williams said he is skeptical of the project proposed for Cherokee County, officially known as the Shinbone Wind Energy Project, mainly because it would exist "in my own backyard."
24 Apr 2013

Baldwin County Commission chairman criticizes wind farm project

A Baldwin County commissioner told representatives of a wind energy company today that he is skeptical of their project, and he has concerns it will be bad for tourism. "The risk to me is too big to take a gamble on this," said Tucker Dorsey, who is the chairman of the four-member Baldwin County Commission. Two representatives of APEX Wind Energy met with the commission to provide details and answer questions about the company's proposed wind farm.
10 Apr 2013

Proposed Baldwin County wind farm draws support, concern

The project faces a 180-day moratorium in Baldwin County that prohibits the construction of wind farms and other wind-operated facilities that can produce energy in excess of five kilowatts. The Baldwin County Commission unanimously passed the moratorium Feb. 19 due to concerns about APEX Wind Energy's potential project in the county.
5 Apr 2013

Is a wind farm in Cleburne’s future?

“They have talked with Alabama Power and they have done studies. Right now this is all speculation but a study here would take one to one and a-half years. But they are interested in locating a mid-size farm here. Their biggest concern is the size of the giant wind turbines."
21 Jul 2011

Southern Utilities Resist Renewables

Six of the nation's 10 largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions are coal-fired power plants in the South, but year after year Southern lawmakers balk at pushing utilities toward cleaner renewable energy. Last month, Republican senators from the South provided about half the votes that defeated federal legislation to require power companies to get 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Nationally, almost half the states have adopted their own renewable mandates, but only one, Texas, is in the South. Southern lawmakers -- responding to heavy lobbying from local utilities -- argue their region isn't conducive to solar or wind power like the sun-baked Southwest or the open plains of the West.
14 Jul 2007

Utilities Quietly Worry about Uranium Supply

According to Friday's Nuclear Market Review (NMR), many market participants were left stunned by the recent record jump in the weekly spot uranium price. The market has increasingly diverged between those who have U3O8 and those without. Utilities with existing supply contracts "are heaving a sigh of relief," NMR editor Treva Klingbiel wrote. And those trying to find uranium in today's climate "are forced to face the reality of a seller's market," she said.
15 Apr 2007

Congress passes appropriation bills before holiday

H.R. 5427 provides funding for research into a variety of alternative energy technologies, including biomass, hydrogen, solar, wind, and clean coal. It contained a $200 million reduction in earmarks compared to last year's bill..... Among other things, H.R. 5427, will provide the following: € $24.37 billion dollars for the Department of Energy, including fully funding the American Competitiveness Initiative and $2 billion for energy supply and conservation programs.
5 Jun 2006
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