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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

May 17, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

What’s ‘reasonable and prudent’ when it comes to Dominion offshore wind project’s costs?

Dominion Energy is seeking approval to build what will be the largest offshore wind power project in the United States off the coast of Virginia Beach, pitched by the company, some lawmakers and business groups as key to positioning Virginia as a hub for an industry on the cusp of a boom. But with hearings beginning this week before state utility regulators, the attorney general’s office, as well as some environmental and consumer protection groups, are wary of giving Virginia’s . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia wind farm job claims questioned by state regulators

As Virginia-based Dominion Energy seeks to build what it calls the country’s largest offshore wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean, the company and its supporters have touted the economic development opportunities expected to accompany the 176-turbine project. But state regulators, who are currently considering whether to grant approval for the massive project, say the economic picture might not be so rosy. In testimony filed earlier this month, regulators said that in claiming the wind farm will create jobs and tax . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2022 • Tennessee, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Appalachian Power plans for its renewable energy future

While capturing more sunlight and wind to produce its electricity, Appalachian Power Co. will continue to burn coal in two large power plants in West Virginia until 2040. That, at least, is one way that Appalachian says it could meet a state-imposed mandate that requires its Virginia customers to receive all-renewable power by 2050. During a State Corporation Commission hearing last week, the utility presented six different options for complying with a sweeping state law passed in 2020 by the . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Va. AG: Costs high, benefits uncertain from Dominion wind proposal

The Virginia Attorney General’s Office in a new filing says Dominion Energy’s proposal for a large offshore wind farm is not needed for the utility’s capacity, costs two to three times more than solar energy, and that the company has overstated the project’s economic benefits. The Friday filing was made at the Virginia State Corporation Commission by the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Counsel, which represents consumer interests before the commission. The commission is considering Dominion’s plan for a $9.8 . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia AG sees ‘risks’ to customers from costly offshore wind farm

RICHMOND – The office of the Virginia Attorney General has told state regulators that Dominion Energy has overstated the economic benefits of a proposed offshore wind farm, warning of “significant risks” to customers from the costly project. The analysis came in a Friday filing with the State Corporation Commission, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The commission is considering Richmond-based Dominion’s plans for the approximately $9.8 billion, 180-turbine wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach. Hearings in the case are scheduled for . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2022 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines would inflict massive destruction

Although I am not a person of standing in the upcoming lawsuit concerning the Rocky Forge construction of wind turbines on North Mountain, I am a certified water monitor and have worked on soil and water issues for 20 years. I’m also aware of the huge amount of destruction an industrial (not a “farm”) project of this magnitude can do to mountain streams in a karst area. There are many above-ground problems that were outlined in your recent article, but . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Judge says proposed wind farm in Botetourt County needs further review

FINCASTLE – Long delays for the state’s first onshore wind farm grew longer Friday, when a Botetourt County judge found that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality made procedural errors in approving the project. The decision by circuit court Judge Joel Branscom sends a modified permit for Rocky Forge Wind back to the state agency for more review – and complicates plans to have the giant turbines spinning by next year. DEQ will likely have to hold another public comment period on . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Do opponents of Botetourt County wind farm live too far away to sue?

If gigantic wind turbines are built atop a Botetourt County mountain, the impact will be far more sweeping than the reach of spinning blades nearly the length of a football field. Supporters of Rocky Forge Wind, which is poised to become the first on-shore wind farm in Virginia, say it will speed a transition to renewable energy needed to combat climate change. Others see the 612-foot-tall turbines differently. In a lawsuit that seeks to stop the project, about a dozen . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Senate committee kills bill to restore regulatory oversight over energy projects

Democrats on a Senate committee killed a House bill on Monday that would have restored State Corporation Commission oversight over the bonanza of energy projects approved in a 2020 law. The bill from Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, would have amended the Virginia Clean Economy Act, the legislation Democrats passed in 2020 to transition Virginia off the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation and promote the use of solar and wind energy. That 2020 legislation restricted the ability of the . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Planned wind farm in Botetourt County again looking for a buyer of its renewable energy

Once again, what could be the state’s first on-shore wind farm is searching for a buyer of the renewable energy it will produce. Apex Clean Energy, which plans to build 14 giant wind turbines atop North Mountain in Botetourt County, signed a power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy in late 2019. Dominion had intended to buy the electricity and then sell it to Virginia to help the state meet its clean energy goals. But the agreement expired Dec. 31, 2021, . . . Complete story »

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