Section 9-6A-7

Powers of authority.

The authority shall have the following powers:

(1) To have succession by its corporate name without time limit;

(2) To bring civil actions and have civil actions brought against it and to prosecute and defend in any court having jurisdiction of the subject matter and of the parties;

(3) To have and to use a corporate seal and to alter the same at pleasure;

(4) To receive, take and hold by sale, gift, lease, devise or otherwise real and personal property of every kind and description, and to manage the same;

(5) To acquire by purchase, gift or the exercise of the power of eminent domain, or any other lawful means, and to convey or cause to be conveyed to the United States, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State of Alabama, any county or municipality in the state, or to any agency, department or instrumentality of such political entities, or to any public corporation, any real, personal or mixed property necessary or convenient to the authority in the performance of its duties and obligations in connection with the development of synfuels;

(6) To exercise the right of eminent domain as freely and completely as, and in the same manner that, the State of Alabama is empowered to exercise such right; provided, however, that the authority shall not exercise the power of eminent domain with respect to any property or interests in any property previously devoted to the public use, particularly the authority shall not exercise the power of eminent domain with respect to any coal, oil or natural gas owned or controlled by any utility operating within the state or an affiliate or subsidiary of any such utility;

(7) To enter into contracts with the United States, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State of Alabama, counties and municipalities, with all agencies, departments and instrumentalities of such political entities, and with private individuals, firms, corporations and other persons for any purpose related to the authority's duties and obligations in connection with the synfuels project;

(8) To appoint and employ such attorneys and agents as the business of the authority may require;

(9) To appoint and employ an administrator and supporting staff with such duties and powers, for such terms, and at such salaries as the board of directors shall deem advisable;

(10) To utilize the staff of the Alabama Department of Energy to perform any of the functions of the Alabama Synfuels Development Authority that the board of directors shall deem appropriate until such time as the authority has sufficient funds to employ staff as provided by subdivision (9) above.

(Acts 1981, No. 81-721, p. 1227, §7.)