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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.

June 7, 2018 • Blogs, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia ruling points to bumps in the road for state’s renewable mandate

Observers expect state utility regulators to scrutinize wind and solar projects despite new law requiring them. As Virginia utilities prepare to comply with a new state renewable energy requirement, a recent regulatory ruling points to potential complications. A sweeping state energy law takes effect July 1 that, among other things, requires utilities to add 5,000 megawatts of wind and solar by 2028. All of those investments still need to be approved by state regulators, who testified against the legislation and . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind utility required to provide a week’s notice

MONTEREY – More than 10 years after its approval, nothing has officially changed with a controversial wind energy project in western Highland County. A county conditional use permit remains valid in perpetuity. The developer recently hinted to a county official that work on the project would begin this summer. Building and zoning administrator Joshua Simmons said Highland New Wind Development LLC, owned by the McBride family, is up to date as of last fall on erosion control and stormwater management permits. . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power money is available for Shore farmers, small businesses

A new program out of James Madison University is connecting farmers and small business owners with funding for wind-powered projects. The Center for Wind Energy aims to diversify the commonwealth’s energy portfolio by spreading the word about USDA’s Renewable Energy for America Program. The program provides funding for renewable projects including solar, geothermal and biomass, but JMU’s Distributed Wind Assistance Program is focused on harnessing Virginia’s exceptional winds. “They have the best wind resource in Virginia,” said Dustyn Vallies, outreach . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2018 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Boy Scouts, APEX join in wind energy project

Representatives from Boy Scouts of America – Blue Ridge Mountain Council and APEX Clean Energy are partnering in a joint venture that promises to bring revenue and opportunities to both groups and Pulaski County. The partnership was announced Thursday during a Boy Scouts annual fundraiser at Al’s on First in Pulaski. “This is an exciting time for all of us. We’re looking forward to working together with the Boy Scouts and Pulaski County to bring this plan to life,” said . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2017 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: We had 17 questions for 2017. Here are 17 answers

When the year began, we posed “17 questions for 2017” that would shape the year. Here’s an update on what they were and how they’ve turned out. 16. Will construction start on the proposed wind farm in Botetourt County? No. The Charlottesville wind company Apex got all the permits it needs to build the state’s first commercial wind farm but has yet to find a buyer for the power —and doesn’t want to invest in the turbines until it does. . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2017 • Ohio, Virginia, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Cost, necessity concerns raised in Appalachian’s push to buy wind farms

Neither of Appalachian Power’s two planned wind farm purchases have garnered much support in recent filings with the state Public Service Commission. In July, the electric utility announced its intent to buy a West Virginia and an Ohio wind farm to continue its shift “to an energy company of the future,” Appalachian President Chris Beam said at the time. But filings from the West Virginia Energy Users Group, an association of industrial utility customers with heavy energy use, and the . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Apex Clean Energy still seeking power buyer for Botetourt Wind Farm

A Virginia-based company is still planning a project to bring wind energy to southwest Virginia. But it appears the work is moving slower than anticipated. Last week was the first week construction on the Rocky Forge Wind Farm could have begun. In July, Apex Clean Energy representatives told the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors that Apex hoped to start building the Rocky Forge Wind Farm by mid-November. The company was told it couldn’t start construction before that date because of . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm under study

Apex Clean Energy is evaluating the feasibility of developing a wind energy project in Wise County, according to company Development Manager Charlie Johnson. BP and Dominion Energy considered the Mill Creek site, which is on Black Mountain, near Roda, for a wind farm in the late 2000s. Apex is using meteorological stations to gather weather data and other tools to decide if the site is viable as well as where to place potential wind turbines. “Because it is so early, . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for a wind farm in Botetourt County delayed again

For the second time in as many years, the developer of what would be the first commercial wind farm in Virginia has pushed back its plans to start construction. Apex Clean Energy will not start site work by the end of this year, as originally planned, on a project to build up to 25 giant, power-generating turbines on top of a Botetourt County mountain, a company official said Wednesday. “Though the original schedule for starting construction this year has slipped, . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Floyd County Supervisors approve resolution to support renewable energy resources

Approval of the resolution came after Board chairman Case Clinger questioned language that identified “solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable resources,” which he said could run counter to the country’s earlier opposition to wind turbines. Plans for a wind turbine electrical generating farm near Wills Ridge brought opposition from residents who felt the giant wind generators spoiled the county’s “view shed.” The Board struck the offending sentence from the resolution before approval. Complete story »

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