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Texas company cancels Ala wind farm project

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 21, 2014 at 11:28 am •  Published: August 21, 2014
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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A Texas company is giving up plans to generate electricity with wind turbines it wanted to build along a ridge in northeastern Alabama.

The Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/VHQ6EE ) reported that Pioneer Green Energy is abandoning the $2 million project because rules imposed by the Alabama Legislature were too restrictive.

Charles Stewart, an attorney for Pioneer Green, said the wind farm had been planned for Shinbone Ridge in Etowah and Cherokee counties.

"They couldn't make the project work," Stewart said.

Stewart said the company ended the plan because of legislation establishing parameters for any wind turbine project in the state. That included setback lines and permitting through the Alabama Public Service Commission, he said.

Property owners in Etowah and Cherokee counties had filed lawsuits to block the turbines, which they claimed would hurt the area's natural beauty.

Michael Lee said the end of the project is a "celebration-type situation" for him.

Lee's property would have been 2,000 feet from a turbine, according to Pioneer Green's map, but the separation wasn't far enough under the state's regulation.

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