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The proposed legislation passed unanimously by the Cleburne Commission is based on the Cherokee County law, Commission Chairman Ryan Robertson said. The legislation includes regulations such as a 2,500 foot setback from adjacent property, a 40-decibel sound limit and safety features including fences at least 6 feet high surrounding the turbines.
The most concerning part of Williams’ research may have come from the realization that the State of Alabama has no laws on the books to protect citizens and communities when it comes to wind energy production. While regulations on coal mining require an almost unimaginable amount of research, proposals, permits, reclamation plans, insurance and numerous other safeguards overseen by independent government entities, wind farms are largely free to do as they please without any real oversight to speak of.
The measure 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 bill, referred to as the Alabama Wind Energy Conversion Systems Act of 2014, would impose regulations for effective and efficient use of wind energy conversion systems and require them to be regulated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The county has concerns about the project, which includes the size of the turbines, the noise they will generate and if a wind farm will be a danger to migratory birds. APEX Wind's project calls 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.