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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.

November 20, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Domestic ship operators question offshore wind project’s use of foreign ship

A group of American ship operators filed a complaint this week against a foreign vessel working on Virginia’s new offshore wind development project – a move motivated by concern, it says, that the offshore wind industry might not stay true to its promise to buoy American workers. The Offshore Marine Service Association, a trade group, sent a formal complaint Monday to the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, alleging that a survey vessel, Geoquip Saentis, violated the federal . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Second lawsuit filed by opponents of proposed wind farm in Botetourt County

A citizens group opposed to putting a row of 612-foot-tall wind turbines on top of a Botetourt County mountain has gone back to court in an effort to stop the renewable energy project. [Virginians] for Responsible Energy, in a lawsuit filed Nov. 10, takes issue with a recent decision by the county Board of Zoning Appeals that allowed plans for the wind farm to move forward. At a meeting last month, the board overturned a decision by the county zoning . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion Energy’s wind farm costs to customers jumps from $8 billion to $10 billion, CEO says

The estimated cost to Dominion Energy customers of a giant offshore wind farm has jumped from about $8 billion to about $10 billion, utility CEO Bob Blue said in an earnings call for investors on Friday. Dominion Energy is operating a test project of two wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach, but wants to build a large wind farm of about 180 turbines that would be completed in 2026. The Richmond-based company said it would file an application . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion offshore wind price tag jumps by nearly $2 billion

Dominion Energy revised the price tag of its Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project upward to $9.8 billion from an earlier estimate of $8 billion, company executives announced Friday in an investor call. Dominion CEO, chair and president Bob Blue attributed the more than 20 percent jump to “commodity and general cost pressures,” as well as the completion of design plans for bringing the power generated by the wind farm to customers onshore in Virginia Beach. Over the next 30 years, . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Bloody expensive.’ Major U.S. offshore wind plan hits obstacles

Virginia Beach, Va. – Nearly 30 miles from shore, the two turbines spin deceptively slowly, alien steel giants fixed to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. But the lonely pair are just a hint of what Dominion Energy plans here: an offshore wind farm covering an area the size of 85,000 football fields. The utility’s 180-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project would be the largest in the country. Its towers, too, would be some of the tallest on the market. From . . . Complete story »

October 13, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Apex wins appeal to continue planning wind farm in Botetourt County

A clean energy company’s efforts to bring a wind farm to Botetourt County is again in motion, for now. The project has seen a myriad of setbacks since it was announced in 2015, but the latest came in July when the county’s zoning administrator ruled that the developer of Rocky Forge Wind did not qualify for a statewide exemption passed by the General Assembly for some projects that were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because a final site plan was . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Westlake solar farm plans scrapped by energy company

Renewable energy company Energix US has scrapped plans to build a solar farm in Westlake, the company told the county this month. Energix first announced plans in April to construct a solar farm on 220 acres in the Westlake area between Virginia 122 and the Bettys Creek section of Smith Mountain Lake. The proposed solar farm had faced criticism from the lake community since its announcement. During a virtual community meeting in April, several members of the community questioned the . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawsuit against wind farm in Botetourt County allowed to move forward

FINCASTLE – A lawsuit that seeks to undo a state environmental permit granted to a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County survived its first legal challenge Friday. Attorneys for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Apex Clean Energy asked a judge to dismiss the case, in part because opponents of the wind turbines live too far away to have legal standing to bring the case. Although Botetourt County Circuit Judge Joel Branscom said he had “serious concerns” about standing, he . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer appeals Botetourt County’s decision that it missed a deadline

A clean energy company is appealing a decision that it ran out of time for its wind farm project in Botetourt County. The developer of Rocky Forge Wind, a proposed complex of 14 mountaintop wind turbines that would stand about twice as tall as the Wells Fargo tower in downtown Roanoke, informed the county this week that it will appeal. A public hearing will be held within 90 days, after which the county’s board of zoning appeals will have 60 . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2021 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm planned for Botetourt missed deadline for approval, county says

The first renewable energy project of its kind in Virginia is hitting headwinds in Botetourt County. Rocky Forge Wind, which would consist of 14 wind turbines towering more than 600 feet above the ridgeline of North Mountain, missed a deadline for approval of a site plan and is not eligible for a statewide extension granted to some projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the county has determined. Consequently, a special exception permit granted last year to Apex Clean Energy has . . . Complete story »

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