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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 19, 2015 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Alabama Power plans to supply more solar and wind power, but not to all customers

This week’s announcement by Alabama Power Co. that it will seek to build or procure up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy was welcomed by clean energy advocates as another block falling from what had once been an impenetrable wall halting alternative energy from entering the state. But it would be a mistake to view Alabama Power’s decision as a hearty embrace of renewable energy. In a June 25 filing with the Alabama Public Service Commission, the company makes clear that it . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2015 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Alabama on track to meet EPA standards state has sued to block

A national science watchdog group says Alabama is more than 85 percent compliant with new federal emissions standards. The “Clean Power Plan” standards proposed last year by President Obama through the Environmental Protection Agency have been criticized by Alabama officials and Attorney General Luther Strange joined in a lawsuit with 11 other states seeking to block the standards. The lawsuit complains that the measures will severely damage the coal industry and lead to increased electricity costs for consumers. Alabama officials . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2015 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Legislation would limit distribution of turbine tax revenue

HEFLIN – Proposed legislation would cut the Cleburne County Commission out of new tax revenue if companies decide to build wind turbines there. State Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, sent a copy of the measure to The Cleburne News on Tuesday to be advertised for four weeks, a requirement before the bill can be introduced in the Senate. The bill specifies that half of any new property tax revenue generated by wind turbines or similar energy producers be distributed to Cleburne County . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2015 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Group handing out signs opposing Cleburne windfarm

HEFLIN – As a developer waits to see if the state Legislature will pass regulations effectively banning the construction of proposed wind turbines in Cleburne County, the fight to get those regulations in front of lawmakers is becoming visible in the yards of local residents. On Friday, bright, yellow signs challenging people to defend their property rights started popping up in Cleburne County yards. The signs, depicting a wind turbine circled and crossed out, were paid for by the Cleburne County . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2015 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Cleburne Co. residents want explanation for delay in wind farm bill

An attorney representing wind farm opponents in Cleburne County says a state senator appears to be standing in the way of their wishes to put the issue to a public vote. There is a group of people opposed to a proposed wind farm sight on Turkey Heaven Mountain in Cleburne County they have shared their feelings several times with the county commission. Recently, that commission passed a resolution asking the area’s legislative delegation to pass a local bill levying regulations . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2015 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers tag two golden eagles in Talladega National Forest

The group of four arrived at a remote ridge in the Talladega National Forest before dawn on a Sunday in early February. They set up a blind – a tarp hidden by vegetation and angled toward a pile of road-killed deer – and settled in for a long wait with no bathroom breaks. The goal: to capture and tag an elusive golden eagle. “One thing you learn about going into the blind: Do not drink any coffee,” said Ray Bittle, one of . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2015 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Cleburne County Commission passes windfarm regulations

HEFLIN – The Cleburne County Commission Monday passed without comment a proposed set of regulations governing the construction of wind turbines in the county. The regulations would have to be approved at the state level before they can applied to any business venture. A proposal to construct wind turbines on Turkey Heaven Mountain by Oklahoma-based Nations Energy Solutions has brought dozens of residents to county commission meetings for nearly a year. Opponents of the project cited fears of how the turbines . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2014 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms could bring tax revenue, officials agree

A proposal for a wind farm on Turkey Heaven Mountain in southern Cleburne County has been touted as a source of easy tax dollars, and it may be. But after a query to the Alabama Department of Revenue, Revenue Commissioner Joyce Fuller notified county commissioners by email Monday that the project may qualify for an abatement of non-educational property taxes. Property taxes levied for local school systems cannot be abated, Fuller said. Fuller asked the department after local residents opposed . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2014 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine opponents say structures could affect radio signals

HEFLIN – Opponents of a proposed wind farm on Turkey Heaven Mountain have brought up concerns that the development might hamper emergency communications in the county, and a communications expert supported their warning. Mark Truett, one of the the dissenters, brought information on the potential for interference to a Cleburne County Commission meeting earlier this month. Mike Tadros, of SpectraWave Communication Systems in South Carolina and one of the people Truett contacted about the issue, said while there are no wind . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2014 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine lawsuit now in federal court

HEFLIN – A lawsuit filed by local residents to stop development of a wind turbine farm on Turkey Heaven Mountain in Cleburne County last week moved to federal court. 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. . . . Complete story »

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