Wind Power News: Virginia
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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will begin an environmental review process for a potential wind energy project off the Virginia Beach coast that will take about two years to complete. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland was in Norfolk with Gov. Ralph Northam and Sen. Tim Kaine for the July 1 announcement, with officials also touring the Port of Virginia and touting the thousands of jobs the project is expected to bring to Hampton Roads. “This is the . . . Complete story »
After more than five years of planning, Rocky Forge Wind may have run out of time. A citizens group opposed to putting giant turbines on top of North Mountain is asking Botetourt County to declare the wind farm project dead, citing its failure to meet a May 26 deadline for approval of site plans. Apex Clean Energy, the company building what would be the state’s first onshore wind farm, counters that the General Assembly extended the deadline into next year . . . Complete story »
Botetourt County’s Department of Community Development has issued written comments to APEX Energy on the company’s site development plans for its wind energy project, called Rocky Forge Wind. The company submitted the most recent set of materials for review in March 2021. Click here to read the comments. APEX’s plans were reviewed by county zoning officials, VDOT, and local emergency response officials. The county also used Antares Group Incorporated, an independent consulting group that specializes in assessing renewable energy efficiency . . . Complete story »
A wind energy project is moving forward in the review stage. APEX Energy submitted its plans for Rocky Forge Wind for review by county zoning officials. VDOT and local emergency response officials will review the construction details to make sure it meets state transportation, local zoning and public safety regulations. “This is part of the typical approval process for development projects,” said Community Development Director Nicole Pendleton. “Because of the nature of this project, its complexity, and the myriad details . . . Complete story »
A big round of applause is due for the James City County Board of Supervisors members who voted against the county’s comprehensive plan’s support for 100% carbon free power by 2045. Commissioners who voted against this “feel good” measure voiced the first sane pushback against recent state policies that will have zero effect upon worldwide CO2 emissions, while at the same time increase Virginian’s utility bills by more than 200%. The goal of achieving 100% carbon-free energy by 2045 is . . . Complete story »
A proposed wind farm in Botetourt County, while still quite large, continues to get smaller. Apex Clean Energy said Wednesday that it plans to build 14 turbines, each one 612 feet tall, along a ridgeline on North Mountain. When the county board of supervisors approved a revised plan for the project in May 2020, it allowed a maximum of 22 turbines at a height of up to 680 feet. “The project’s impact is minimized by erecting fewer turbines – and at . . . Complete story »
Apex Clean Energy Inc. continues working toward a day when wind turbines standing atop Botetourt County’s North Mountain might generate enough energy to power up to 21,000 homes each year. Dubbed Rocky Forge Wind, the proposed wind farm north of Eagle Rock would be Virginia’s first onshore wind project in operation. However, some residents have filed a lawsuit in hopes of quashing it. County and state officials have been discussing the wind energy project for six years with Charlottesville-based Apex, . . . Complete story »
James City County supervisors remove support for state’s commitment to carbon-free power from 2045 comprehensive plan
Statements in James City County’s Comprehensive Plan Update supporting green initiatives such as alternative energy and planning for heavier rainfall associated with climate change have split the Board of Supervisors. The board narrowly backed the removal of support for the state’s commitment to 100% carbon-free power by 2045 at its Tuesday meeting as it reviewed the draft planning blueprint up to 2045. Vice-chair Sue Sadler sought to remove four environmental measures from the plan during a discussion of the Comprehensive . . . Complete story »
Dominion wants your help to connect its Virginia Beach wind farm to the power grid. There are 6 options.
Dominion Energy Virginia is seeking public feedback and advice about linking its planned wind farm, 27 miles off the Virginia Beach shore, to the 500 kilovolt backbone of its statewide power grid at the Fentress substation on Centerville Turnpike in Chesapeake. The power company has part of the route nailed down: the 27 miles of underwater cable to a landing point at the state military reservation at Camp Pendleton. It also has proposed an underground route through the southernmost reaches . . . Complete story »
The money Dominion Energy Virginia collected through its base rates over the past four years was so close to its target that only 0.2% would be available for customer rebates or to offset future rate increases, the utility says. Dominion said it wanted to use that $26 million difference to help cover costs of its offshore wind-power project, 27 miles off the Virginia Beach shore. The electric company detailed those results and made a bid for an increase in the . . . Complete story »