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The Tennessee Valley Authority is set to begin charging its utilities a fixed fee that will likely be passed on to customers, no matter how much energy they use.

The decision by the TVA's board yesterday is deeply frustrating advocates for ratepayers and green energy. They say it will penalize people who turn off their lights or use renewable energy to save on bills.

The TVA says it is offsetting the fixed fee it needs to maintain the power grid with an equal reduction of about a half-cent per kilowatt-hour in the variable wholesale rate for electricity.

Tuskegee University is gearing up for an event showcasing electric vehicles, toys and renewable energy for local students and teachers.

University officials say hundreds of children and educators are expected on campus Thursday for Tuskegee University Electric Vehicle Transportation Day.

School officials say the event will also feature guest lectures from Alabama Power Co., the University of Central Florida and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

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A Texas company is giving up plans to generate electricity with wind turbines along a ridge in northeastern Alabama.

The Gadsden Times reports that Pioneer Green Energy is abandoning the $2 million project because rules imposed by the Alabama Legislature were too restrictive.

Pioneer Green attorney Charles Stewart says the project has been canceled in Etowah and Cherokee counties.

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The question of how to reduce the pollution that causes global warming is now a hot topic since new carbon limits were announced by the EPA earlier this month.  Those proposed rules aim to reduce national carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent by the year 2030.  In Alabama, the goal is 27 percent.  The boom in natural gas could help, as could investments in renewable energy like wind and solar.  Another method is what’s called “carbon capture.”  Dr.

The first ever state regulations on wind energy could become law soon.  The legislation has already passed in the Senate and a public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in the House.  Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy is charging the legislation is intended to stop two of their wind farms from being bu

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A bill now before the Alabama House would set the state’s first regulations on wind farms.  The plan would mean building large wind mills to generate electricity. The plan to regulate wind power in Alabama passed the Senate last week by a vote of 24-to-6.  Bill sponsor Republican Phil Williams represents Etowah and Cherokee Counties. He says he started looking into wind farms when he learned of two projects planned for his district.