Articles from Alabama
The council unanimously voted in favor the resolution, which supports a bill pre-filed by State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City). Williams' draft bill would require wind farm developers to get a permit from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. It would also establish height requirements, setbacks, and mandate that noise from turbines not exceed 50 decibels.
The lure of green energy and the preservation of a beloved mountain have sparked intense soul searching among environmentalists. Add in the fact that wind farms have been known to kill birds, especially bald eagles and bats, and the environmentalists are tilting against the project. As many as 573,000 birds are killed a year by wind turbines, according to the Wildlife Society Bulletin.
When Mitzi Gibbs Eaker first heard about the proposed windmill farms a Texas-based company plans on building in Etowah and Cherokee County, she didn't think it was a bad idea. ...But after some research, she said, she soon became convinced that the turbines will not produce enough energy to justify their construction. She also feels the turbines will spoil the scenic view of the ridge that runs near her family's property.
After some research, she said, she soon became convinced that the turbines will not produce enough energy to justify their construction. She also feels the turbines will spoil the scenic view of the ridge that runs near her family's property. "We are wasting our mountain if this happens," she said
My home state and my current state are embroiled in an issue that emotionally and physically impacts residents of two counties: Baldwin County in Alabama, and Howard County, where I live, in Indiana. ...The outcomes of the political process in the two counties are diametrically opposed, with one county voting to allow wind farms and the other voting against deployment of huge turbines.
The Baldwin County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to ban large wind turbines that produce 50 kilowatts or more. The move slams the door on the Foley Wind Project, a proposition by Charlottesville, Va.-based APEX Wind Energy to install a wind farm with around 40 turbines that would have been more than 500 feet tall.
The Baldwin County Commission effectively put the brakes on a company's plan to put large wind turbines in the county by passing an ordinance Tuesday than bans wind farms. The commission unanimously voted to pass two ordinances that ban large wind turbines and wind farms in Baldwin County.
The suit asks for a court order that would authorize the County Commission to regulate the permitting, construction, placement and operation of wind turbines, wind mills, wind farms and any other wind-generated energy production facility or equipment operated in the unincorporated areas of Etowah County. It asks that the County Commission establish standards, specifications, criteria and conditions on the operations, and make a determination about appropriate sites where wind turbines can be located.
Since our local politicians have no authority to "meddle," as Jones says, there is no one with jurisdiction to seek the guarantees from Pioneer Green he suggests. A demolition bond won't protect property values or aesthetic beauty. ...Common sense tells me we should not let these out-of-towners, for the sake of corporate greed, come in and, with no regard, destroy the God-given bounty Jones spoke of and divide our community.
The ban on wind farms and large turbines is the result of a plan by APEX Wind Energy in Charlottesville, Va., to put a wind farm with about 40 turbines in south Baldwin County. The company's plan called for turbines that could be 520 to 590 feet tall from the tower's base to the tip of a blade at the 12 o'clock position.
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.
A Baldwin County planning board member has resigned less than a week after voting against an ordinance that will ban large wind turbines and wind farms in the county. ...The county crafted the ordinance as a result of a plan by APEX Wind Energy to put a wind farm with about 40 turbines in south Baldwin County.
Pioneer Green is planning on building up to 40 wind mill turbines along a ridge in northern Etowah County. The company also plans on building eight turbines in neighboring Cherokee County.
The first step toward banning wind farms and large wind turbines in Baldwin County happened Thursday when the planning board voted in favor of an ordinance that prohibits them. The 5 to 1 vote by the Baldwin County Planning and Zoning Commission is a recommendation to the Baldwin County Commission.
An effort by a Charlottesville, Va., company to put a wind farm in Baldwin County might be coming to a grinding halt. Vince Jackson, director of the county's Planning and Zoning Department, has crafted an ordinance that would prohibit wind projects like the one APEX Wind Energy has proposed for southern Baldwin County.
Residents of Owls Hollow Road gathered Saturday to share their opinion on the proposed wind farm on Lookout Mountain by Austin, Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy. Their opinion was simple and to the point - not here, not now, not ever.
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.
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."
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.
Although the project here does not need any type of approval from the commission, a group from the commission and some Cherokee County officials visited an existing wind farm in upstate New York last week.