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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.

December 20, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm takes small turn forward

DALEVILLE – Defenders and detractors filled the auditorium Thursday as the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors prepared to consider moving forward a tiny step in the complex process of allowing a company to construct a wind farm atop North Mountain. Apex Clean Energy’s original proposal for the Rocky Forge Wind facility involved building up to 25 wind turbines with a maximum height of 550 feet. In October, the energy company requested a change to the county ordinance governing wind farms. The . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposal for taller turbines at Botetourt County wind energy site still alive after supervisors’ vote

DALEVILLE, Va. – A cluster of towering turbines providing wind energy could still come to Botetourt County in the near future. Botetourt County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Thursday night to consider and review an amendment to its agreement with Apex Clean Energy. The company proposed to scrap its plan to build more than two dozen 500-foot wind turbines near Eagle Rock in favor of 700-foot wind turbines. “The available turbines for this project are larger now,” said Charlie Johnson . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2019 • Opinions, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm will destroy forest in Botetourt County

Here we go again. However, this time it’s worse. So what’s the lesser of two evils: 25, 550’-high wind turbines and associated destruction within a Forest Conservation District, or 22, 680’-high turbines? The people of Botetourt County will have the opportunity to consider this question on December 19th. For perspective, imagine you’re a homeowner in a quiet residential neighborhood. Your supervisors have permitted the construction of a dog kennel, a wrecking yard or a manufacturing facility next door. Additionally, the . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Northam proposes $733 million in environmental spending, with big chunk for Bay cleanup

RICHMOND – Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday proposed a $733 million package of environmental spending, including programs to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, encourage wind energy and preserve open spaces. The proposals, most of which involve bond-financed capital spending, will be part of the two-year budget plan Northam (D) presents next Tuesday to legislators in the General Assembly’s money committees. “As sea levels continue to rise and flooding and extreme weather become more frequent and widespread, Virginia must act,” Northam said . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2019 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Electricity bills will be going up for Virginians

In the past, Virginians have largely taken their relatively cheap and reliable electricity for granted. As of August, residents of the commonwealth paid an average of 12.36 cents per kilowatt hour, which is below the national average of 13.3 cents/kwh and far below the 31.16 cents/kwh Hawaiians paid for their electricity. Virginia currently ranks 22nd in the nation for the cost of electricity. But even before this month’s legislative elections, which put “carbon free” Democrats in total control of state . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators reject request to boost Dominion’s profit rate

The state’s largest utility had sought to boost its rate of return, arguing that the increase would be necessary to attract investment and support the billions in capital projects it plans through 2021. One of those projects includes a massive offshore wind farm near Virginia Beach. The SCC rebutted that argument, writing that it “represents neither the actual cost of equity in the marketplace nor a reasonable [return on investment]. Complete story »

November 15, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Northam signs bill to increase renewable energy consumption

Recently, Gov. Ralph Northam (D), signed state Executive Order 43, which sets goals for Virginia institutions, such as JMU, to have 30% of their energy consumption come from renewable sources by 2022. Additionally, it calls for the state to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Over the next two years, JMU will have to make the shift to consuming a greater amount of energy from renewable sources than it has in the past. “Institutions like JMU and other state agencies . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines will be taller in latest wind farm plan for Botetourt County

FINCASTLE – A renewable energy company has revised its plan to build wind turbines on a Botetourt County ridgeline, making them nearly 700 feet tall. The latest proposal by Apex Clean Energy exceeds the maximum turbine height of 550 feet approved nearly three years ago and would require an amended permit from the county’s board of supervisors. In an Oct. 31 letter to county Planning Director Nicole Pendleton, a representative for Apex wrote that changes in technology will allow for fewer . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia OKs largest state renewable contract in the nation

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced an agreement with Dominion Energy Inc. last week that is the largest-ever procurement of renewable energy to power state government. The partnership with the state’s monopoly utility involves more than 400 megawatts of power, including a 75-MW onshore wind farm and four proposed solar projects of 345 MW. The announcement is part of Northam’s push on a low-carbon agenda, which is occurring amid pushback about Dominion’s fossil fuel projects like the Atlantic Coast pipeline. The announcement . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind farm in Botetourt County move forward

Plans for the first onshore wind farm in the state, high on a mountain ridge in Botetourt County, are finally getting off the ground. The Commonwealth of Virginia has reached an agreement to purchase electricity generated by up to 25 turbines, each one about 550 feet tall, to be built by Apex Clean Energy in a remote spot atop North Mountain. In announcing the first-of-its-kind deal, Gov. Ralph Northam said it will help Virginia meet its goal of getting at . . . Complete story »

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