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Nations Energy Solutions had filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying the claims were speculative. The motion was denied on Friday. That got the company’s leaders asking why they were in the lawsuit, Tracey said.
The lawsuit, filed on June 2, had dismissed all the defendants but Oklahoma-based Nations Energy Solutions and Terra-Gen Power from Delaware, so the defendants asked that the case be transferred to federal court. Anniston attorney Christopher Hopkins, who represents the defendants, filed the notice of the move to federal court Dec. 4.
GADSDEN, Alabama -- The lawyer for a Texas-based company abandoning plans for two windmill farms in northeast Alabama said today that recently approved state regulations on wind energy led to the decision.
Attorney Charles Stewart, representing Pioneer Green, said the project has been canceled in both Etowah and Cherokee counties. He said after legislation was passed establishing parameters for any wind turbine project, including setback lines and permitting through the Public Service Commission, “they couldn’t make the project work.”
According to a document filed July 9 in Cherokee County Probate Court, Pioneer Green Energy President Andrew Bowman signed a memorandum terminating a lease to about 1,889 acres of property. ..."The residents are ecstatic. It was only when we learned that the leases had been terminated that we knew it was really over."
Three communities, Gadsden, Ala., Kokomo, Ind., and Tipton, Ind., all with an identical problem, separated by miles and in a seemingly hopeless situation, have prevailed in a common effort. Voices of concerned citizens ended projects detrimental to many and beneficial to the few.
The lawsuit was filed June 2 by neighbors of the properties being explored as possible sites for wind turbines. The lawsuit states that the project “will destroy some of Cleburne County’s most scenic areas,” as well as diminish area property values, and cause irreparable harm to the adjoining landowners due to flashing blades, low frequency noise, wind turbine syndrome and space and motion discomfort.
If Etowah politicians allow wind farms — maybe not now, but later after all residents have experienced the social damage these monstrosities cause — political careers will be in jeopardy. ...The citizens of Kokomo and Howard County have seen the enemy and do not like it. Gadsden and Etowah County have yet to witness these prodigious Frankenstein monsters.
Commissioner Benji Langley created the proposal, which among other things would have directed Chairman Ryan Robertson to write a letter to the governor and local legislators to ask for a three-year moratorium on wind energy projects in the state. It additionally asked the commissioners to state that they would not now or in the future close or re-route County Road 852, the main road up Turkey Heaven Mountain.
Opponents of wind farms in Cleburne County say they will not give up their fight to keep them out of their area. Many of them attended a county commission meeting on Monday.
Arguing on the House floor, [AL state Rep. Becky] Nordgren said she considers the wind resources in Alabama to be too low to support wind turbines. She also says the turbines are noisy and dangerous. What’s more, the wind industry needs to be regulated like other industries, she said.
Rep. Nordgren said that her bill, H.B. 106, never got on the agenda in committee and she was not invited to the negotiations. She lives on Shinbone Ridge in Etowah County where the wind turbines are located and the Committee version of the legislation would not have prevented the Turbines from being built in her neighborhood, but her substitute bill would.
A bill going through the Alabama Legislature that would regulate wind power might put an end to two wind turbine projects that have been in the works in Etowah and Cherokee counties for more than three years. There are also two local bills that have been passed by both chambers of the state Legislature that Williams described as “backstop” bills to stop the projects in case the state bill doesn’t pass.
The Alabama Senate passed a bill today to regulate wind farms. Senate Bill 12 by Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, would require wind mill companies to be regulated by the Public Service Commission.
Wind was the largest recipient of taxpayer dollars and other energy generators don’t even come close. Coal, oil and gas can survive without subsidies. Wind and solar cannot. Take the subsidies away from wind energy and it is no longer financially viable. The question the wind energy industry will not answer is, “Can the wind industry survive if taxpayer subsidies disappear?”
Patrick Buckley, development manager for Pioneer Green, on Tuesday told Etowah County commissioners that the company is not opposed to regulatory legislation, but the bill proposed by Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, is intended as a moratorium on wind energy development.
Patrick Buckley with Pioneer Green Energy, based in Austin, Texas, gave an update on the Cherokee Rock Village and Shinbone Ridge Wind Energy project during the recent October Breakfast meeting of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.