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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

TVA gets community feedback on electricity generation

TVA doesn't plan to build any wind turbines in its region, however. Hydas cited the imminent expiration of the federal production tax credit, which will be phased out completely by 2024. "In the mid-2020s, after the tax credit expires, wind is about 40 percent more expensive than solar," Hydas said. "Solar is better for our system." Complete story »

March 4, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Court decision could doom already built Va. power line

A federal appeals court today rejected the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a 17-mile transmission line across the James River, determining the corps did not properly analyze the full impacts of the power line that critics say degrades the site of the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Va. The 26-page opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit directs the corps to go back and conduct a full environmental impact statement, which . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy grant aids Floyd farmers and small business owners

Certain residents in Floyd County could have the opportunity to harness wind energy with the help of one university. The Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at James Madison University has been holding informational sessions on wind energy grant opportunities in Floyd, VA. Floyd has been considered as prime spot for wind energy because of its elevation. Billy Weitzenfeld, executive director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals, is a huge proponent for renewable energy. He has overseen the . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2019 • Blogs, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia’s first onshore wind farm project is still ‘very much alive’

Offshore wind in Virginia might be making more headlines these days, but a Charlottesville renewable energy company says it is still on track to build the state’s first onshore wind project. Apex Clean Energy continues to seek a partnership with an electrical utility, a cooperative or a corporation to launch its 75- to 80-megawatt project on an Appalachian ridgeline in rural Botetourt County, north of Roanoke. Rocky Forge Wind was introduced in 2015 and initially scheduled to be up and . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2019 • Letters, Ohio, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

The risks of ripping out the roots

I reside in central Virginia, where I’m raising three sons with firm Ohio roots. I’ve had my eye and ear on the wind turbine projects for some time and was actually, initially, for the idea! In fact, the company trying to move their skyscrapers into Seneca County is based out of the town we currently call home. What a kick in the gut. If I live so far away, why do I care? Why is this important to me? Why . . . Complete story »

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 »

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