Articles from Alabama

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

Baldwin County wind farm project facing obstacles

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.
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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