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.
The location, design, installation and operation of wind farms would be regulated. Wind farms would need approval from local governments.
Williams said there are wind farm projects proposed in at least eight Alabama counties – Madison, Jackson, DeKalb, St. Clair, Etowah, Cherokee, Cleburne and Baldwin.
The senator said one project called for windmills in his district more than 500 feet tall.
He said there is no regulation of such projects under current Alabama law.
The bill passed by a vote of 24-6 and moves to the House.
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