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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

April 20, 2018 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbine legislation passes

The Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition – and Fairfield Glade as a whole – scored a victory last week in Nashville in the fight to keep Wind Turbines from being installed atop Crab Orchard mountains. A Wind Energy bill passed the Tennessee Senate with 32 Ayes on Wednesday and will now go to the next step of the office of the Governor. Led by Rep. Cameron Sexton and Senator Paul Bailey, the bill outlines regulations that would serve to hinder such proposed Turbine . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2018 • Press releases, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Senate approves legislation protecting landowners by allowing local governments to regulate the wind industry in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – The State Senate unanimously approved legislation today protecting landowners by allowing local governments to regulate the wind energy industry in Tennessee. Senate Bill 1793, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) and Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), comes after legislation was passed last year requiring a study be conducted regarding wind turbines and their impact on Tennessee communities and surrounding property owners. That legislation, also sponsored by Bailey and Sexton, placed a moratorium on wind turbines until July 1, 2018, . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2018 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy bill headed to Senate

A bill to regulate industrial wind energy farms in Tennessee has passed the state House and has advanced to the state Senate for consideration. “I think this is a very good piece of legislation that is making sure that all property owners have a voice in the process,” said state Rep. Cameron Sexton, who sponsored the bill in the House. “It’s a very reasonable approach that takes into account personal property rights as well as the rights of adjacent property . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2018 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Tennessee House of Representatives passes bill regarding wind farms

In June 2017, a more than $100 million wind farm project in Tennessee was put on hold after state lawmakers passed a yearlong moratorium on new turbines. A renewed effort to push House Bill 1731 passed the State House of Representatives today by a vote of 63 to 23. The bill establishes regulations for the wind energy industry in the state. The bill urges the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to study wind-energy facility regulations adopted in local governments . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2018 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

CMPC keeping up its effort against Wind Turbines success

At the crack of dawn on March 13 with snow and ice on car windows and a thermometer reading of 27 degrees, fourteen members of the Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition began their journey to the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville. Their mission – to observe Tennessee lawmakers and support House Bill 1731. They listened to witnesses, debates, and questions and answers on the responsible wind energy legislation proposed by Representative Cameron Sexton and Senator Paul Bailey. HB 1731, which sets forth . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • Arkansas, Oklahoma, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Arkansas’ delegation in D.C. seeks block of power-line plan, cites changes in project that would cross state

Arkansas government officials and many landowners along the path have opposed construction of the project, saying it would be an eyesore, lower property values, endanger migratory waterfowl and force landowners to sell property against their will. The project also faced opposition from some Tennessee lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. In a Senate speech last year, the Republican called the wind-power project "expensive and unreliable" and urged the Tennessee Valley Authority not to commit to purchasing Clean Line's power. Last month, Clean Line ended its interconnection agreement with the nation's largest public power utility. The TVA had studied the possibility of purchasing the wind-generated power but ultimately declined to do so. Complete story »

January 4, 2018 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

CMPC seeks legislation

On behalf of the Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition (CMPC), Craig Clark presented an update to the Fairfield Glade Community Club (FGCC) board during the regular session meeting Dec. 14. CMPC opposes the proposed Apex wind energy project that would have built up to 23 turbines on Millstone Mountain in Crab Orchard and is currently suspended due to a temporary statewide moratorium. The moratorium will be in effect until July 2018. “I will assure you, the proposed wind project is not . . . Complete story »

January 1, 2018 • Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists blast TVA for killing major wind project

One of America’s biggest wind energy projects is twisting in the wind, and environmentalists are blaming the Tennessee Valley Authority for the failure of the pioneering $2.5 billion effort to bring more renewable energy into the Tennessee Valley. Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based developer of five major transmission lines for wind-generated electricity, has dropped its interconnection agreement with TVA for one of its most promising projects after the federal utility declined to buy what Clean Line officials said would . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

County OKs Wind Energy Conversion System policies

Monday, Nov. 13, the Dyer County Legislative Body convened inside of the courthouse for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Prior to the meeting, was a public hearing regarding Wind Energy Conversion System policies. The Wind Energy resolution was initially presented before the CLB during October’s meetings, at which time commissioners requested the item be brought back before the Planning committee for slight revision. While there are no plans to incorporate wind energy into Dyer County at this time, the need . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2017 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

CMPC thankful for candidates’ support against Wind Farm

Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition is pleased to announce that two of the candidates who are running for Glade Board positions have announced that they oppose the Crab Orchard wind project and that, if elected, they will do what ever they can to show that the Fairfield Glade community is united against this potential threat. When we meant the two candidates they adamantly expressed to us that if elected that they would ask the other board members to join them in . . . Complete story »

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