[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Senate panel OKs wind turbines bill  

Credit:  Alicia Petska | The News & Advance | January 16, 2014 | www.newsadvance.com ~~

RICHMOND – A proposal by Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa, to protect birds and bats from wind turbines passed a committee vote Thursday and was referred to the full Senate.

Garrett said some advocates for wind-generated electricity had criticized the bill.

“I want to make this abundantly clear – and I’ll speak really slowly – this bill is in no way, shape or form designed to be an anti-wind bill,” he said. “We will, I hope, generate a greater and greater percentage of our power in the coming years via renewable energy resources whether it be solar, etc. That doesn’t mean we should do so irresponsibly.”

Senate Bill 123, after an amendment, directs the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to consult with the Department of Environmental Quality when it writes regulations for wind and other renewable energy projects.

Studies estimate 440,000 birds, including endangered species such as bald eagles, are killed each year by wind turbines, Garrett said.

It’s estimated another 600,000 to 900,000 bats are killed per year. Bats bolster agriculture by eating insects and pollinating crops.

Garrett’s bill passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources by a 9-5 vote.

Source:  Alicia Petska | The News & Advance | January 16, 2014 | www.newsadvance.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.