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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.

March 31, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Botetourt County man enters board of supervisors race for Buchanan District

Smith believes that the Apex Clean Energy onshore wind farm project on North Mountain is wasteful and an “example of how Richmond meddles in local politics,” and that the supervisors have not pushed back hard enough against it. Complete story »

March 31, 2021 • Letters, U.S., VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

No farm in ‘windfarm’

Your newspaper should stop supporting “doublespeak” when covering projects that aim to generate electricity using wind (“Biden proposes new windmill farms along huge swaths of U.S. coastline,” Web, March 29). First, the use of the term “windmill” is simply an obfuscation. The word conjures up benign images of Holland and farms. The use of the term then leads to the truly misleading description of “wind farms” when describing a collection of wind turbines, giving these blights on the landscape a . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2021 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Bad wind

The Rocky Forge wind project promises to be clean energy that is good for the environment. It reminds me of what we went through in Vermont, where the promise of wind energy resulted in four industrial wind projects built on mountain ridge lines. The reality has turned out to be far different from the promises. My parents lived in Lexington, Va., for 25 years, so I have been following Rocky Forge since it was announced. It is in an undeveloped . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion plans to build nearly 200 giant wind turbines off Virginia. But getting that energy into the grid won’t be easy.

The 188 giant wind turbines that Dominion Energy plans to plant 27 miles off the Virginia Beach shore will be the utility’s biggest project since its nuclear plants went online in the 1970s – but all that energy won’t do much good if it doesn’t reach customers, says Kevin Curtis, the company’s vice president-electric transmission. Curtis knows where the submarine cables from the windfarm will come onto land – at Camp Pendleton, the state’s military reservation. He knows the nearest place to . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2021 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

When wind power fails, back-up system needed

It is terrible to read about the misery being endured by more than 2 million households and businesses in Texas with freezing weather and no electricity. The electricity shortage is due to the fact that Texas legislators made a quick move away from fossil fuels and the state now generates more than 20% of its electricity from wind power. However, the turbines called on to generate that power froze and simply failed. There is a serious reliability issue. It reminds . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Appalachian Power seeks bids for renewable energy projects

Appalachian Power Co. is renewing its search for renewable energy. The utility announced Monday that it has issued a request for proposals, inviting developers of solar and wind projects to submit bids for consideration by March 31. After long relying predominantly on coal and more recently natural gas, Appalachian is being pushed to pursue renewable energy by the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a sweeping law that requires it to produce all carbon-free electricity to its state customers by 2050. Appalachian . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawsuit seeks to stop proposed wind farm in Botetourt County

Rocky Forge Wind is approaching another bump in the long road to becoming the first onshore wind farm in Virginia. An April 21 hearing has been scheduled in a lawsuit filed by opponents, who argue that the state Department of Environmental Quality and Apex Clean Energy cut corners in a permitting process, ignoring the adverse impacts of building wind turbines 624 feet tall atop a Botetourt County ridgeline. A permit issued by DEQ failed to address the risk that the . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

FAA finds no danger from latest plan for Botetourt County wind farm

The Federal Aviation Administration has found, once again, that wind turbines high above a Botetourt County mountaintop will not pose a hazard to air navigation. Issued last week, the finding was the latest in a string of approvals and reapprovals since 2015, when Apex Clean Energy announced plans for what will be the first onshore wind farm in Virginia. Construction of the renewable energy project – which in its latest form will consist of 15 turbines standing 624 feet tall atop . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2021 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Letter: Nick Clemente, Leesburg

Fun forest and farming facts: Virginia has 44,700 farms covering 8.1 million acres, and 15.72 million acres of forestland. 90% of Virginia farms are owned by families or individuals, not corporations and account for 32% of all the land in the state. In addition, 62% of our state is forested. The importance of forests in cleansing the air, purifying our water, providing products, and fostering recreation opportunities must be embraced as our Virginia standard of living depends on the abundance . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion files plan for offshore wind, triggering federal review process

Dominion Energy has filed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) its plan for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S., according to a Dec. 18 press release. “This is an important step in the process toward bringing commercial-scale offshore wind to the Commonwealth and shows Dominion Energy is committed to delivering the clean, renewable and reliable energy our customers expect from us,” said Dominion Energy Vice President of Offshore Wind . . . Complete story »

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