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Wind Generators

While Alabama Power made headlines last year with agreements to purchase wind power from Oklahoma and Kansas, a new company — Pioneer Green Energy, based in Texas  — has announced plans to build a wind farm in Etowah and Cherokee counties, near Gadsden, and the Tennessee Valley Authority has announced plans to purchase that home-farmed wind power.

The Shinbone Wind Energy Center is expected to produce and sell about 18 megawatts of power to TVA — equivalent to about half the energy used in Cherokee County now, according to Clean Energy.

Pioneer Green Energy estimates the wind farm will cost $120 million to build.

TVA already owns several wind generators in Tennessee.

Alabama Power’s agreement to purchase 404 megawatts of wind power made it a leader in the Southeast. The utility gets renewable energy credits for the wind power purchase, which it can keep or sell to other utilities.

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