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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.


September 18, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Northam establishes clean energy goals, calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

RICHMOND, Va. – By the year 2050, Gov. Ralph Northam wants Virginia to rely entirely on renewable energy. On Tuesday, Northam while speaking at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit in Richmond, announced that he had signed Executive Order 43, a plan laying out Virgina’s long-term and short-term objectives for statewide clean energy production. The Executive Order includes ensuring that at least 3,000 megawatts of solar and onshore wind energy are under development by 2022, and that up to 2,500 megawatts of . . . Complete story »


August 28, 2019 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Tilting at offshore wind

Re “Offshore wind project shows power, potential” (Eileen Woll Op-Ed, Aug. 25): In spite of continuing propaganda from Dominion Energy, crony capitalists and other environmental predators, wind-generated electricity is neither “clean” nor “green.” A two-megawatt windmill with its tower and base requires mining 300 tons of iron ore and burning 170 tons of coking coal to produce 200 tons of steel, all of which is transported by oil or natural gas. Consequently, mining, production, and transport, per windmill requires more . . . Complete story »


July 1, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Utility taking cautious approach as Virginia offshore wind project gets underway

Dominion Energy has begun construction on Virginia’s first foray into offshore wind energy and plans to have two turbines built off the coast by next spring. The utility said Monday that work is underway on a substation in Virginia Beach where cables will come ashore carrying power from the giant wind turbines, which will be located 27 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. By next month, sunbathers on Virginia Beach will see a construction ship about a half-mile out laying . . . Complete story »


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 »


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