Wind Farm Regulations
The Cherokee County Commission approves a measure concerning regulations on wind energy farms in Alabama. The measure supports a bill pre-filed by State Senator Phil Williams of 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 the region with no approval from local governing authorities." It is similar to a resolution passed in October by the Gadsden City Council.