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Wind Power News: Virginia


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.

October 16, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm in Botetourt County gets new state approval

Slowed for nearly seven years by lawsuits, design changes, the pandemic and a lengthy search for a buyer of the renewable energy it will produce, a mountaintop wind farm in Botetourt County continues to inch forward. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality recently reaffirmed its approval for the Rocky Forge Wind project, which will entail building 13 turbines, each one 634 feet tall, along a ridgeline of North Mountain. Apex Clean Energy, a Charlottesville-based company that first proposed the wind . . . Complete story »

October 3, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Youngkin plan calls for reevaluating major clean energy law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Monday for expanding nuclear power generation in Virginia, reevaluating a recent clean energy law celebrated by environmentalists, and restoring greater authority to state regulators who oversee the state’s powerful utilities. His administration laid out those and other goals in a 29-page state energy plan unveiled Monday morning before a crowd of elected officials and hard-hat-wearing workers at a power transformer manufacturing company in Lynchburg. The energy plan, an exercise required by state . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion may end $10b offshore wind project over performance clause

The SCC will allow Dominion to bill the cost of CVOW's development to household ratepayers in the form of a minuscule rider fee - but only if its turbines perform at a 42 percent capacity factor or better in any three-year period. Any shortfalls would be Dominion's to cover. Complete story »

August 27, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

SCC to hear more arguments on wind farm ratepayer protection

A range of groups, from the Sierra Club to Walmart, have participated in the regulatory proceedings. Wednesday’s commission order directs all participants who object to Dominion’s petition to file a response by Sept. 13. Dominion must then respond to those arguments by Sept. 22, the order said. Complete story »

August 24, 2022 • Editorials, U.S., VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

The spinning of Virginia’s wind farm

Now that their climate spending bill has been signed by President Biden, Democrats might go to bed dreaming of wind farms. What they’re sleeping through is the green logrolling and corporatism already evident in the clean-power transition. A good example is an offshore wind farm that Virginia regulators approved recently under obvious duress. Dominion Energy plans to build 176 wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. That’s enough to power about 660,000 homes. The capital cost is . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Utility: Guarantee for large offshore wind farm ‘untenable’

A ratepayer protection that state regulators included in a recent order approving Dominion Energy Virginia’s application to build and recover the costs of a massive offshore wind farm would force the utility to scrap the project, Dominion said in a filing this week. The State Corporation Commission granted approval this month for the 176-turbine, multibillion-dollar project off Virginia Beach. Dominion immediately raised concerns about the commission’s inclusion of a performance guarantee for the wind farm and in a petition Monday . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2022 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project not worth the collateral damage

Dan Crawford, chapter president of the Roanoke Sierra Club, has had commentaries published in The Roanoke Times asserting that the Rocky Forge Industrial Wind Project is perfectly suited for North Mountain. But what about locating a concrete batch plant in a Forest Conservation Area immediately next to Mill Creek, a Class IV trout stream? The Botetourt County zoning ordinance clearly prohibits a concrete batch plant located in a Forest Conservation Area, and yet the county has said that it is . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators approve Dominion’s nearly $10 billion wind farm off Virginia Beach coast

RICHMOND – State regulators on Friday approved an application from Dominion Energy Virginia to build an enormous offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach and recover the cost from ratepayers. No parties to the monthslong proceeding had opposed the approval of the project, which will help the utility boost the proportion of its generation that comes from renewable resources. But many had raised concerns about affordability and possible risks to the utility’s captive ratepayers. In its Friday order, the . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Up in the air: Questions remain about eagles and wind turbines in Botetourt County

Nearly eight years ago, a clean energy company hoping to build a wind farm atop a Botetourt County ridge hired a professional birdwatcher to find out if soaring eagles and towering turbines could coexist. A field biologist with Western EcoSystems Technology repeatedly hiked to four vantage points on North Mountain, where she spent two days each month for the next year looking for American bald eagles and eastern golden eagles. The count: three bald and eight golden eagles. Based on . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2022 • Opinions, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundley: Apex Clean Energy must update environmental impact data

I’ve spent most of my life exploring, nurturing, and loving my family’s 855 acres of forests and fields and 3 miles of perennial streams that are adjacent to the proposed Rocky Forge Wind Farm site in Botetourt County. My parents were determined to conserve some Virginia forest land, and so the land is in a conservation easement. The proposed location for the turbines is a wildlife habitat for innumerable species, but my greatest concerns are the known impacts on the . . . Complete story »

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