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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 8, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines will be taller in latest wind farm plan for Botetourt County

FINCASTLE – A renewable energy company has revised its plan to build wind turbines on a Botetourt County ridgeline, making them nearly 700 feet tall. The latest proposal by Apex Clean Energy exceeds the maximum turbine height of 550 feet approved nearly three years ago and would require an amended permit from the county’s board of supervisors. In an Oct. 31 letter to county Planning Director Nicole Pendleton, a representative for Apex wrote that changes in technology will allow for fewer . . . Complete story »


October 21, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia OKs largest state renewable contract in the nation

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced an agreement with Dominion Energy Inc. last week that is the largest-ever procurement of renewable energy to power state government. The partnership with the state’s monopoly utility involves more than 400 megawatts of power, including a 75-MW onshore wind farm and four proposed solar projects of 345 MW. The announcement is part of Northam’s push on a low-carbon agenda, which is occurring amid pushback about Dominion’s fossil fuel projects like the Atlantic Coast pipeline. The . . . Complete story »


October 19, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind farm in Botetourt County move forward

Plans for the first onshore wind farm in the state, high on a mountain ridge in Botetourt County, are finally getting off the ground. The Commonwealth of Virginia has reached an agreement to purchase electricity generated by up to 25 turbines, each one about 550 feet tall, to be built by Apex Clean Energy in a remote spot atop North Mountain. In announcing the first-of-its-kind deal, Gov. Ralph Northam said it will help Virginia meet its goal of getting at . . . Complete story »


October 19, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

State to buy energy from solar, wind projects to power government

Virginia is looking to the sun and wind to help power state government operations under a contract with Dominion Energy that Gov. Ralph Northam says will be good for the state’s environment, economy and taxpayers. The 20-year contract announced Friday commits the state to buying electricity from a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County – the first onshore in Virginia – and four solar power facilities under a purchased power agreement with Dominion, a Richmond-based energy company that operates Virginia’s largest electric . . . Complete story »


October 16, 2019 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blades are not recyclable

In you editorial of September 18 (“A candidate with a plan”), the focus was on the job Canada was doing on renewable energy. While I agree we need more renewable energy, no one points out the fact that the gigantic blades of the wind turbines are not recyclable. An article published in the August 7, 2019 edition of the Cowboy State Daily in Wyoming had an article that talked about the blades had to be placed in the landfill. The . . . Complete story »


October 2, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion Energy takes a second swing at costly plan to upgrade Virginia power grid

The updated grid would also allow for wider use of alternative energy sources that send power back into the network, such as solar and wind farms. Dominion, which recently announced plans for the nation's biggest wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach, has said it supports Gov. Ralph Northam's goal of getting 30 percent of the state's energy from renewables by 2030 and being carbon-free by 2050. Complete story »


September 21, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

An $8 billion wind farm will test Virginia’s resolve to be green

Dominion Energy Inc.’s customers have been pressing the Virginia utility giant for years to source more clean energy. On Thursday, the company heeded their call – with a $7.8 billion, ratepayer-backed plan to build the largest offshore wind farm in America. The proposal is unprecedented. Never has a utility pitched an offshore wind project of this size – big enough to power 650,000 homes – and in such a way that would have its customers shouldering the costs. It still needs the approval . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion announces 220-turbine offshore wind project in Virginia Beach

Dominion Energy on Thursday announced plans to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia – a 220-turbine installation that would power 650,000 homes at peak wind. If it gains state and federal approvals, the $7.8 billion project would deliver 880 megawatts of energy by 2024 and a total of 2,600 megawatts by 2026. The turbines would be anchored on 112,800 acres Dominion is leasing from the federal government 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion Energy plans major offshore wind farm near Virginia Beach

RICHMOND – Dominion Energy is proposing a major offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach that would be the largest of its kind in the country. The company said Thursday that it plans to expand a test project that’s already under construction to build up to 220 giant wind turbines on a patch of ocean 27 miles off the coast. The project would generate 2,600 megawatts of electricity by 2026, enough energy to power 650,000 homes. It is estimated . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2019 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Northam establishes clean energy goals, calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

RICHMOND, Va. – By the year 2050, Gov. Ralph Northam wants Virginia to rely entirely on renewable energy. On Tuesday, Northam while speaking at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit in Richmond, announced that he had signed Executive Order 43, a plan laying out Virgina’s long-term and short-term objectives for statewide clean energy production. The Executive Order includes ensuring that at least 3,000 megawatts of solar and onshore wind energy are under development by 2022, and that up to 2,500 megawatts of . . . Complete story »


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