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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.


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 »


October 20, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia seeks first wind farm in region with slowest breezes

Anchored by General Electric Co.’s turbine factory in Pensacola, Florida, the southeast is home to more than 100 manufacturing sites supplying the U.S. wind industry. Yet most of the product gets shipped out to the wind belt running from Texas to North Dakota. Nine southern states have no wind farms at all, but that may soon change after a Virginia utility requested proposals for 300 megawatts of new clean power plants. A combination of taller towers, longer blades, smart controls . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Rural caucus discusses wind energy

HARRISONBURG – The Shenandoah Valley may be a prime spot for future wind utility development, according to a James Madison University professor. Area lawmakers heard a presentation on Rockingham County’s potential for wind energy, in addition to talks about industrial hemp and broadband, during a regional rural caucus meeting Wednesday. Jonathan Miles, professor and director of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy at JMU, spoke to about two dozen community and business leaders about the possibility and benefits of wind energy . . . Complete story »


July 26, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Botetourt wind farm developer to start work in winter; still lacks buyer for electricity

DALEVILLE – A clean energy developer hopes to start construction of a wind farm in Botetourt County by year’s end, even as it continues to search for a power company to purchase electricity generated by the giant turbines. Apex Clean Energy is “working diligently” to begin work on the site by November or December, development manager Charlie Johnson told the county board of supervisors Tuesday. Johnson said the company is confident of meeting its deadline “if all the pieces fall into . . . Complete story »


July 21, 2017 • Opinions, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines kill key species

Olsen-Hodges is co-founder of the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Virginia and Garvin is volunteer there. I encountered a gentleman not many months ago who was a proponent of clean air with an enthusiasm approaching militancy. “Too much CO2 in the air; fossil fuels to blame.” The answer to this impending crisis was obvious to any right-thinking person: wind turbines. When I mentioned that turbines kill large numbers of birds and bats, he shrugged it off. “Species have gone extinct . . . Complete story »


July 14, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion Energy to build 2 wind turbines off Virginia coast

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Energy is partnering with Denmark’s DONG Energy to build two wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach. Dominion announced Monday the six-megawatt turbines will be built approximately 27 miles off the coast, far enough that they won’t be visible from the shore. The turbines are expected to power about 3,000 homes and provide operational, weather and environmental experience to open the door to the development of a much larger adjacent site that Dominion says could power . . . Complete story »


July 6, 2017 • Virginia, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Appalachian Power hopes to buy 2 wind power facilities

Appalachian Power Co. announced Wednesday that it hopes to acquire two wind power projects – one in Ohio and one in West Virginia – to add more renewable energy sources to the electric utility’s portfolio. If regulators approve the purchases, these two wind farms will be the first two directly owned and operated by Appalachian, which has long relied on coal for the bulk of its power generation. The 175-megawatt Hardin Wind Facility will be in Hardin County, Ohio, and the 50-megawatt . . . Complete story »


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