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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.


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 »


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 »


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