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Wind Power News: Virginia


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 25, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind farm construction in Botetourt County remain on hold

Nearly four years after the seed for a wind farm was planted in Botetourt County, the renewable energy project has yet to take root. Apex Clean Energy, a Charlottesville company that wants to build as many as 25 wind turbines atop North Mountain, is still looking for a utility or other entity willing to purchase the electricity generated by what would be the first commercial wind farm in Virginia. “We do not yet have a date for the start of . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2018 • Editorials, U.S., VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

A green logrolling classic

For a perfect example of green daydreaming gone awry, look to the waters off Virginia Beach, which will soon feature two wind turbines with blades rising as tall as the Washington Monument. It’s impressive engineering, but it makes zero economic sense, according to Virginia’s utilities regulators. They’ve issued a scorching order that . . . approves the project. Yes, the surprise ending is that their factual analysis doesn’t matter under a green fiat from the state Legislature. Dominion Energy, Virginia’s . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2018 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine project throws caution to the wind

Wind turbines that could soar 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean may soon produce power used by Virginia homes and businesses. On the surface, it seems that capturing ocean’s trade winds to create electricity could catapult Virginia into a 21st-century example of green energy production. But below the surface, the State Corporation Commission’s review this month of Dominion Energy’s turbine project came with several concerning caveats as well as a reminder that a new law gutted the commission’s authority to . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Massachusetts, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

Massachusetts earned plaudits earlier this year for its handling of an offshore wind procurement, but not every state’s pursuit of renewable energy is getting rave reviews. Reports out of Virginia suggest the state may be getting hoodwinked by one of its leading utilities. The cautionary Virginia tale began innocently enough earlier this year. Angry about reports the state’s utilities had been making excessive profits for years, the Virginia legislature approved a law that required Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power Co. . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

SCC blew it on wind project

Last Friday, acting against their own better judgment, members of the State Corporation Commission approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s $300 million offshore wind pilot project even though they candidly admitted it “would not be deemed prudent [under this Commission’s] long history of utility regulation or under any common application of the term.” The SCC approved the deal to build the 12-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach even though the electricity produced by its . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power plan causes fiscal fallout

A tangle of public policy issues is exposed in a scathing statement from a state agency on a newly approved wind power project by Dominion Energy Virginia. The State Corporation Commission last week approved the pilot project for offshore wind power. But it made clear that it had no power to do otherwise, due to a new law passed by the General Assembly that tied its hands. The project is a terrible deal for customers, says the SCC. They will . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

SCC reluctantly approves Dominion’s offshore wind energy pilot project

The State Corporation Commission reluctantly approved Dominion Energy’s $300 million offshore wind energy pilot project off Virginia even as it slammed the plan to put ratepayers on the hook for “essentially all” financial risk and cost. In a 20-page order issued Friday, commissioners said they normally wouldn’t consider such a project “prudent,” but multiple recent amendments to state code mandated that they “liberally construe” the law to find such offshore wind projects to be “in the public interest.” The SCC . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

SCC says Dominion customers will bear risks of $300 million offshore wind project, legislature to blame

The State Corporation Commission said it bowed to legislative mandate by approving a $300 million offshore wind power pilot project that it otherwise would have found imprudent because customers of Dominion Energy Virginia will bear all the costs and risks. The SCC concluded in a scathing 20-page order on Friday that the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project isn’t needed to serve Dominion customers and will cost more than any other option for generating electricity to serve the utility’s 2.6 million . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia regulators green light offshore wind pilot project

Virginia state regulators have begrudgingly approved a proposed offshore wind pilot program they say is expensive, risky and unneeded to provide reliable electricity. The State Corporation Commission issued a ruling Friday allowing Dominion Energy to proceed with building two wind turbines about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The commission says the proposal would not be considered “prudent” under any normal definition of the word, but a new law Dominion helped write required the commission to approve it. . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Seeking renewable energy feedback

Dominion Energy wants to hear from non-residential customers about their interest in renewable energy. According to a release, the input will help the company finalize plans to develop 3,000 megawatts of additional solar and wind power under the Grid Transformation and Security Act in Virginia. There is a survey available online, at the link in the Related Links box, where commercial, industrial and governmental customers can answer a series of questions. “As many businesses and organizations in Virginia establish or . . . Complete story »

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