Wind Energy Conversion Act Gets Vote

A bill intended to regulate possible wind energy farms here in Alabama will now get a vote in the House of Representatives. The House Commerce Committee voted unanimously yesterday to allow the Wind Energy Conversion Act to pass along to the full House. The bill – which is sponsored by Senator Phil Williams of Rainbow City and has already been passed in the Senate – came out of committee with a couple of amendments that will allow for public hearings with the Public Service Commission and clarify some of the bill’s technical terms. Officials with Pioneer Green Energy – the company that is hoping to develop wind farms in Cherokee and Etowah counties – continue to express their opposition to the legislation. No date has been set for the House’s final vote on the bill. Similar bills specifically designed for Cherokee and Etowah Counties have already completed the process and were recently signed by the governor.

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