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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 27, 2017 • Editorials, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Landslide! Wind bill passes in TN Senate floor

Last week, the quest to stop the proposed Crab Orchard Wind Turbine project took a significant step forward as Bill HB1021 passed on the Tennessee State Senate Floor. Not only did it pass, it did so by a whopping 85-3 vote! Rep. Cameron Sexton successfully maneuvered and helped get the bill passed by a landslide in the Senate and know our bill faces the Tennessee House this week. If the Bill passes the House, this is what it would mean: . . .

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April 26, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

House votes to halt wind farm construction for 15 months

Legislators in the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to halt development of industrial wind farm projects in the state while a special committee is formed to offer recommendations on state-wide regulations for the power-generation developments. “All other energy has regulations,” state Rep. Cameron Sexton said Monday. “Wind does not.” Sexton said the bill will create a study committee and include representatives from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and stakeholders. The committee would be tasked . . .

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April 24, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Alexander praises House wind power moratorium

NASHVILLE – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a longtime critic of wind-powered electricity generation, is praising a state House vote to place a partial moratorium on such developments in Tennessee while a special committee of state lawmakers drafts rules for regulating them. “This will give Tennesseans the opportunity to evaluate whether we want our landscape littered with wind turbines that are over two times as tall as the skyboxes at the University of Tennessee football stadium and produce only a small . . .

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April 21, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

State House puts curbs on wind farms pending study

The Tennessee House on Thursday voted to put curbs on wind farms pending a study. Senator Lamar Alexander said, “I am glad the Tennessee General Assembly is taking steps to prohibit the construction of some Tennessee wind farms and instead give the state a chance to study the issue. This will give Tennesseans the opportunity to evaluate whether we want our landscape littered with wind turbines that are over two times as tall as the skyboxes at the University of . . .

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April 7, 2017 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind Farm Bill 1336 moves forward

This was Legislative Fireworks – Tennessee Style. For those of you that haven’t had the chance to travel to Nashville to show your support for the Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition’s (CMPC) Bill SB1336/HB1021— you don’t know what you’re missing. During the first senate committee hearing recently, our adversaries from Apex Energy, Inc. – proposers of a massive Wind Turbine project on Crab Orchard’s Millstone Mountain – had all their heavy weights assembled for an all-out assault against Tennessee Senator Paul Bailey and tried . . .

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March 30, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Residents push back against wind farm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Residents opposed to a massive wind farm on the Cumberland Plateau lobbied against a proposed bill, urging them to oppose the plan. The 23 turbines would be built on 1,800 acres of land near Crossville known as the Crab Orchard Wind Project which would be put on private land that will be leased from owners. At the Capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers met to discuss state policy related to regulating wind energy. “I live right in the epicenter . . .

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March 28, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind, coal bills take opposite paths in Legislature

NASHVILLE – A House subcommittee has killed an attempt to impose state regulations on wind energy developments while approving a renewed effort to have the Tennessee take over regulation of coal mining from the federal government. The actions came during a meeting of the House Agriculture Subcommittee with far more debate on the wind energy regulation bill, an effort inspired mostly by opposition to plans by Apex Energy Solutions to spend $130 million erecting at least 20 electricity-generating turbines on a . . .

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March 24, 2017 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Greg Johnson: Alexander takes on TVA/Clean Line Energy alliance

Sen. Lamar Alexander apparently has no intention of shuffling out the U.S. Senate door into a quiet retirement in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Though speculators speciously suggested former University of Tennessee quarterback and future pro football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning might seek Alexander’s seat, the senator was his feisty self this week in one of his patented floor speeches. Alexander blitzed Clean Line Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Again. In doing so, he planted himself . . .

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March 23, 2017 • Tennessee, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Sen. Alexander urges TVA not to raise Tennesseans’ electric bills to buy power it doesn’t need

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) urged the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) not to purchase power from the Clean Line Energy Partners’ proposed Plains and Eastern Clean Line wind energy transmission project, which would “carry comparatively more expensive, less reliable electricity to Tennessee and other southeastern states.” In a speech on the Senate floor, Alexander warned that a contract with Clean Line Energy Partners could cost TVA ratepayers more than $1 billion over the next 20 to 30 years – which . . .

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

Martin finds law for County to use against Wind Farm

Another Tuesday night at the fights at downtown city hall. In case you weren’t there, Glade resident Jim Martin —AKA (Mountain Man) – scored another TKO against Crossville Mayor Carey and the Cumberland County Commissioners. Over 6 months ago, our county commissioner Sandra Dutcher presented the mayor, the county attorney and commissioners a well-prepared resolution asking them to stop the proposed Industrial Wind Farm along Millstone Mountain in Crab Orchard. The Mayor and County attorney said there wasn’t anything they could . . .

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