Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Cherokee County Commission supporting regulations in Alabama.

CENTRE, Alabama --The Cherokee County Commission yesterday adopted a resolution supporting regulations on wind energy farms in Alabama.
County Commission Chairman Kirk Day was not at the meeting, but is expected to sign it later this week. The other members of the commission voted to approve the resolution.
Pioneer Green is the Texas green energy firm planning windmill turbines for Cherokee County, along with a larger windmill farm in Etowah County. The questions from residents were firm, but respectful.
"We took a piece of virgin ground and created a farm," Chris said. "We're pretty firm in our opposition."
The measure supports a bill pre-filed by State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City). Williams' draft bill would require wind farm developers to get a permit from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. It would also establish height requirements, setbacks, and mandate that noise from turbines not exceed 50 decibels. It would also require any turbine which stays inactive for more than one year to be removed by the system's operator.
The commission's resolution mentions "a major project that would impact our entire region with no approval from local governing authorities." It is similar to a resolution passed in October by the Gadsden City Council.