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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.

July 1, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia’s first offshore wind turbines promise jobs and clean power. They won’t come cheap

Some caution that the project exposes consumers to enormous potential costs. Dominion’s status as a regulated monopoly allows it to make guaranteed profits, and the General Assembly has ordered regulators to regard wind energy as “in the public interest” — limiting their ability to force the utility to cut costs or issue customer rebates. Complete story »

May 27, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Upsized Botetourt County wind farm squeaks through on 3-2 supervisors’ vote

DALEVILLE – A divided Botetourt County Board of Supervisors gave a controversial wind farm project its second wind late Tuesday night. In October, Apex Clean Energy asked for a change to its permit that would allow for the construction of fewer, taller turbines. Instead of the original proposal of 25, 550-foot tall turbines along the North Mountain ridge top, Apex wanted to build up to 22 that would be 680 feet high, about as tall as a 50-story building. At the . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Botetourt County Board of Supervisors votes to move forward with wind turbine project

The company that wants to bring wind turbines to Botetourt County can move forward after the Board of Supervisors voted to approve their proposed changes Tuesday night. The public hearing to discuss the changes took place from 6 p.m. until around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. The board heard from many people before ultimately deciding to approve a request to raise the height limits for the turbines from 550 feet to 680 feet, to raise the height limit for . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Botetourt project changes part of wind industry’s move toward taller turbines

If wind turbines are allowed to tower up to 680 feet into the sky from a Botetourt County mountaintop, they would be higher than the tallest ones currently in the United States. But should the county’s board of supervisors approve a request from Apex Clean Energy to build up to 22 modern windmills as tall as a 50-story building, it wouldn’t necessarily set a new record. That’s because at least three other wind farms with even higher turbines are likely . . . Complete story »

May 12, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Botetourt planners support plans for higher wind turbines

DALEVILLE – The Botetourt County Planning Commission endorsed a plan Monday for wind turbines atop North Mountain that could be as tall as a 50-story skyscraper. However, the proposed renewable energy project faced more opposition and questions than it did four years ago, when smaller turbines were approved but never built. A final decision rests with the Board of Supervisors, which could act as soon as its May 26 meeting. “We need to send it on … and let the board . . . Complete story »

May 12, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Botetourt Planning Commisssion OK’s taller windmills, now onto Board of Supervisors

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – The Botetourt County Planning Commission recommended approval for taller wind turbines allowed under the county’s utility wind ordinance. The ordinance would govern all wind farms in the county, of which there is only one on the table right now. The Rocky Forge wind farm, proposed for a ridgeline just outside Eagle Rock, would be Virginia’s first on-shore wind farm. It initially received approval five years ago, but that was for 550-foot turbines. The project was delayed . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2020 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Citizen input on county wind energy ordinance and SEP changes

On Monday, March 16, three members of the Virginians for Responsible Energy (VRE) met with Botetourt County Director of Community Development and Zoning Administrator Nicole Pendleton. In this meeting, the VRE members provided suggested text changes to the county’s wind energy ordinance to better protect county citizens. The members left hardcopy and digital documentation supporting their suggested changes to aid the planning staff in reviewing and considering text changes. After seeing the notice of public hearing on May 11 for . . . Complete story »

May 8, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Public hearing set for Monday on wind farm revision in Botetourt

A bid to raise the height allowed for a wind turbine farm will be the subject of a public hearing Monday with the Botetourt County Planning Commission. The meeting will observe social distancing and will offer opportunities to call in to participate. The commissioners are set to consider an ordinance and permit amendment that would allow Charlottesville-based Apex Clean Energy to move ahead with a wind farm powered by turbines of up to 680 feet tall. The wind farm, slated . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2020 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion Energy plan: Electric bills could rise 3% a year over the next decade to pay for net-zero carbon emissions

Look for electric rates to rise faster than they were set to already, in response to bills enacted by the 2020 General Assembly, Dominion Energy Virginia says in a letter to legislators accompanying copies of its latest long-term plan. The 296-page Integrated Resource Plan filed Friday with the State Corporation Commission marks a major shift towards net-zero carbon production. Covering the cost of those directives – which include retiring plants that produce carbon dioxide, reducing energy use and joining a regional . . . Complete story »

April 13, 2020 • Press releases, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Governor Northam Signs Clean Energy Legislation

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam is accelerating Virginia’s transition to clean energy by signing the Virginia Clean Economy Act and by amending the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act that requires Virginia to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  “These new clean energy laws propel Virginia to leadership among the states in fighting climate change,” said Governor Northam. “They advance environmental justice and help create clean energy jobs. In Virginia, we are proving that a clean environment and a strong economy . . . Complete story »

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