BIRMINGHAM, Alabama –Pioneer Green Energy, which is developing two wind energy farm projects in Etowah and Cherokee County, will participate in an environmental forum at Birmingham Public Library Dec. 12.
The POWER-UP Forum, sponsored by the Alabama Environmental Council, is being billed as an interactive event featuring panelists and representatives of companies talking about conservation, alternative and renewable energy and what the energy future of Alabama will resemble.
POWER-UP stands for Promoting Our Wise, Efficient, Renewable Use of Power.
For more information on panels and panelists or to register for the POWER-UP forum visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Green announced earlier this year its intention to develop the two east Alabama projects, which are now the subject of lawsuits in both counties. Landowners in both Etowah and Cherokee counties are suing to stop the projects, claiming they will disrupt the area’s natural beauty and destroy property values.
Patrick Buckley, development manager for the Texas-based wind turbine developer, said last month the company is still moving forward with the projects, but that both have been pushed back due to time needed to secure permits and agreements with utilities which would purchase the power generated.
Buckley said following a meeting of the Etowah County Commission that the $40 million Cherokee County project, which calls for seven to eight turbines, probably would not begin construction until 2015. The larger Etowah County project, which has a projected 30 to 45 turbines costing $160 million, probably would begin no earlier than the end of 2015.
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