Wind Farms Plans Halted
Pioneer Green Energy is no longer planning to build wind farms in East Alabama. Wind Farm opponents in Etowah and Cherokee Counties are claiming victory today after it was learned that Pioneer Green had filed legal paperwork to terminate their leases on almost two thousand acres of property in Cherokee County. Birmingham attorney Charlie Stewart, who represents Pioneer Green, confirmed today that similar papers had been filed in Etowah County – as well as mutual requests to dismiss two lawsuits that had been filed by local residents seeking to stop the developments. Stewart said that legislation passed earlier this year in Montgomery caused the company to rethink their plans because the legislation was too restrictive for the project to be feasible. Mitzi Eaker (ACRE) with No Wind Alabama had high praise for local legislators who supported the local Wind Farm bills and for the grass-roots effort that helped to stop the projects. Pioneer Green had been planning to build 6–8 wind turbines in Cherokee County with an investment of $40 million – and 30–45 turbines in Etowah County costing another $160 million. Stewart says that both projects are totally dead and that the company has no plans to revisit the issue in the future.