[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


View headlines only

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

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 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.

October 15, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

State rule delays city adoption of green energy

When it comes to clean energy, Virginia cities and counties have a big problem – a state rule that prevents them from crafting policies to promote solar power, wind power and conservation. This month, Albemarle County announced its first Climate Action Plan – pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% in the next ten years and to have zero emissions by 2050. Its press release featured words like facilitate, incentivize and study, but did not mention requirements, penalties or . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Power Play: Inside the Dominion lobbying blitz that’s going to raise your electric bills

When Democrats campaigned for the Virginia legislature last year, they took aim at the state’s largest power broker: Dominion Energy. The electric utility’s clout was legendary in the state Capitol, where it doled out millions in campaign contributions and employed an army of lobbyists who helped write energy policy for decades. The result was soaring electricity bills and an energy grid heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Democrats vowed to change that. After winning total control at the state Capitol for . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Hampton Roads plan to bring offshore wind supply chain to region gets GO Virginia funding

A plan to bring the makers of huge offshore wind turbines to Hampton Roads has gained financial support from Virginia’s statewide economic development initiative. GO Virginia has awarded a $529,788 grant to the Hampton Roads Alliance to attract a supply chain for the offshore wind industry to the region. The economic development agency will lead a team of organizations in the project, including the Port of Virginia, the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2020 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

A cautionary energy tale from California

If you’ve oticed that your electricity bills have slowly creeped up over the past decade or so, you’re not imagining things. According to the Virginia State Corporation Commission, energy legislation passed by the General Assembly have increased Dominion Energy customers’ power bills nearly 29 percent since 2007. When the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam caused hundreds of thousands of Virginians to lose their jobs, the SCC imposed a moratorium on utility shutoffs, which was to have expired . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2020 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Rocky Forge: The wrong place

One 450-foot, steel wind turbine requires anchoring in a platform of more than a thousand tons of concrete and steel rebar, 30 to 50 feet across and anywhere from 6 to 30 feet deep. Mountain tops must be blasted to create a level area of at least 3 acres for each turbine. Rocky Forge will build up to 22 wind turbines 680 feet high. Bigger blades on a taller tower can capture more wind to run a bigger generator, but . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Northam signs renewable energy legislation

Legislation that aims to accelerate Virginia’s transition to carbon-free energy generation has been ceremonially signed. Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act on Tuesday, establishing energy efficiency standards and providing a pathway for new investments in solar, onshore and offshore wind, and energy storage. “We are at a pivotal moment to secure an affordable, clean energy future in Virginia,” said Northam. “Together, these pieces of legislation put the Commonwealth in position to meet the urgency of the climate . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2020 • North Carolina, South Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion bills have soared — and are set to rise even faster, officials say

The SCC report said Dominion’s latest long-term plan, which details a multi-billion-dollar investment in renewable energy, will boost the average residential customer’s monthly bill from $116.69 now to more than $168 by 2030. Complete story »

August 7, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Tall wind turbines in Botetourt will pose no hazard to aircraft, FAA determines

Making tall turbines 130 feet taller will not endanger passing aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration has determined. In a step forward for a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County, the FAA found this week that turbines reaching as far as 680 feet into the sky from the top of a mountain would “not constitute a hazard to air navigation.” It was the second time the agency has determined that the renewable energy project, to be located in a remote and . . . Complete story »

July 1, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia’s first offshore wind turbines promise jobs and clean power. They won’t come cheap

Some caution that the project exposes consumers to enormous potential costs. Dominion’s status as a regulated monopoly allows it to make guaranteed profits, and the General Assembly has ordered regulators to regard wind energy as “in the public interest” — limiting their ability to force the utility to cut costs or issue customer rebates. Complete story »

May 27, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Upsized Botetourt County wind farm squeaks through on 3-2 supervisors’ vote

DALEVILLE – A divided Botetourt County Board of Supervisors gave a controversial wind farm project its second wind late Tuesday night. In October, Apex Clean Energy asked for a change to its permit that would allow for the construction of fewer, taller turbines. Instead of the original proposal of 25, 550-foot tall turbines along the North Mountain ridge top, Apex wanted to build up to 22 that would be 680 feet high, about as tall as a 50-story building. At the . . . Complete story »

Earlier »

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.