Into the Wind By Fiona Crichton Despite at least 19 reviews of the scientific evidence universally concluding that exposure to wind farm sound doesn’t trigger adverse health effects, people continue to report feeling unwell because they live near wind turbines.We’ve known for some time that exposure to negative messages about wind farms makes people more likely to report feeling sick after exposure to turbines. And new research, published by my colleagues and I this week in the journal Health Psychology, shows positive messages about wind farms may have the opposite effect – improve perceptions of health. Infrasound Speculation in the media and on the internet Read more →
Investing in Cherokee CountyShinbone Wind will contribute significant amounts of tax revenue to Cherokee County, which means more money for the community to invest in schools, roads and services. These tax revenues also could be used in part to reduce existing taxes. Construction of the project will spur substantial economic activity and bring needed local jobs.
Energy IndependenceShinbone Wind will increase our energy independence and help move the country away from unstable foreign energy supplies. It will also reduce Alabama’s reliance on highly-polluting energy sources such as coal. Instead, Alabama will be able to count on an inexhaustible, clean, and renewable source of energy found right in its own backyard.
Wind Turbines Don’t Make You Feel Sick or Healthy, but Spin Can
2 Dec 2013
Wind farm developer Pioneer Green announces two events this week
21 Nov 2013
Al.com By William Thornton CENTRE, Alabama — Pioneer Green Energy, the Texas-based firm developing two wind farm projects in Etowah and Cherokee counties, has announced its participation in two events this week company representatives say will give out more information about the projects. Patrick Buckley, development manager for the two projects, will speak at “Renew Alabama: A Night of Positive Energy” in Birmingham tonight. The event, which will highlight wind, solar and green energy projects, will take place at Avondale Brewing beginning at 5:30 p.m. The company is also one of the sponsors of the inaugural Cherokee County Agricultural Fair Friday Read more →
Southeastern States Headed Up, But Still Have Room to Grow with Energy Efficiency
7 Nov 2013
Cleanenergy.org By Natalie Mims Yesterday, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy released its seventh annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The annual report ranks states on their policy and program efforts, and provides recommendations for ways in which states can improve their energy efficiency performance. As you can see from the national map, the Southeast is still lagging behind, with North Carolina as the only state that ranks among the top half of the country. However, there is definitely some good news to share as well. Mississippi fared quite well this year, and was named one of the year’s most improved states. It Read more →
Alabama Wind Farm Foes Plagiarize Loser Lawsuit
6 Nov 2013
Cleanenergy.org By Simon Mahan Alabama is a hotbed for wind farm development. Pioneer Green Energy, a Texas-based company with decades of experience developing wind projects across the country, is proposing the Noccalula and Shinbone wind projects in Alabama. These projects would create hundreds of jobs and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for the local municipalities through new tax revenue. Yet, the vast benefits of wind energy are not appreciated by everyone and a small, vocal minority oppose any and all wind farms – even the ones not in their own back yards. To kill the Alabama’s first two wind farms, a small number of local residents Read more →
What’s Up with Wind Energy in Alabama?
29 Oct 2013
Cleanenergy.org By Simon Mahan Alabama has become a hotbed of wind energy activity. At least four different wind farms have been proposed across the Yellowhammer State – from upstate, mid-state and downstate Alabama. Alabama Power is buying 404 megawatts of wind energy from the Plains (enough to supply 3% of the company’s power), and the state’s biggest power company just erected a tiny 4 kilowatt turbine on its headquarters building in Birmingham. The flurry of activity has some people asking, “Why?” Here’s just a few reasons that may help explain the interest. State electric costs are high. As of 2011, Alabama residents pay the highest average utility bills in the contiguous 48 states (Hawaii residents Read more →