Alabama Wind Farm Foes Plagiarize Loser Lawsuit

To kill the Alabama’s first two wind farms, a small number of local residents is suing Pioneer Green Energy through two separate but very similar lawsuits. While these foes exhibit just about every tell-tale sign of wind farm opposition, they now appear to be borrowing a tactic from high school: plagiarism. Indeed, the lawsuit (which is available online here) mirrors a 2005 lawsuit from Texas where a small number of residents there sued to block a wind farm (text of that lawsuit is available here). By 2008, that Texas lawsuit proved to be a losing strategy on four separate occasions – in front of a trial judge, a trial by jury, by an appeals court and by the Texas Supreme Court through its refusal to reject the lower courts’ decisions. Just like in high school, the consequence of plagiarism is failure and history suggests the plagiarized Alabama lawsuits won’t make the grade.

The Earth is Flat and Alabama Has No Wind (a study in misreading maps)

Wind power could provide some jobs and income for northeastern Alabama. In Cherokee and Etowah counties, where two wind farms have been proposed, the poverty rate exceeds the national average – nearly 1 in 5 people in those counties is living in poverty. It’s not every day that a 18 megawatt and 80 megawatt wind farm gets proposed here in the South; but according to studies by Jacksonville State University, the Shinbone and Noccalula wind projects could create about 350-490 full time equivalent construction jobs, and about 36 to 53 full time jobs annually for the projects’ expected 30 year lifespans. Additionally, the projects could pay $30 million in combined new tax revenues for the counties over the projects lifespans. The Shinbone wind farm has a signed contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide power, but will still undergo rigorous environmental review this fall. According to an informal online poll, some 68% of readers are OK with wind energy companies putting wind farms in Alabama.

Wind turning heads in Alabama: turbines next?

Onshore wind power can work and be profitable in Alabama. That’s according to Pioneer Green Energy, the experienced wind energy developer behind the Shinbone Wind Energy Center proposed near Gadsden, in northeastern Alabama. The project will sell 18.4 MW of electric capacity to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), roughly equivalent to 2/3 of the total electricity used by homes in the county where the project is located.