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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.


March 16, 2020 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Lack of public support kills pumped storage hydropower project planned for Grant County

The project also would have made it possible for wind power operations in the area, such as the nearby NedPower and New Creek wind farms, to send power to the Ulysses PSP when weather accommodated power generation. When winds become slack, the Ulysses project would have had the ability to discharge water from the upper reservoir through the penstock to generate power equivalent to the amount “stored” earlier by wind farms, avoiding power curtailments to customers while providing them with 100 percent renewable energy. Complete story »


November 21, 2019 • Letters, Maryland, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Let the people vote on wind farms

Regarding the Nov. 9 article, “Officials rail against ‘false accusations” (Page 1A): Personally, I found the commissioners’ approach to the Dan’s Mountain residents to be immensely insensitive and callous. Their attitudes smack of “Get out of the way; you don’t matter.” These residents are people who are fighting for their homes and their quality of life. Our homes are our only sanctuary. At the end of each day, our homes are where we come for peace of mind and what . . . Complete story »


November 19, 2019 • Letters, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm danger to highlands

Wind turbines are nothing new in West Virginia, and generally, they are a welcome source of clean energy and revenue for the state’s residents. However, a new wind farm being proposed in Grant and Mineral counties, should concern everyone in our state who values their health, financial well-being and believes in open and transparent government. After hearing about the proposed Black Rock Wind Farm, I decided to look into what was being planned. After all, this project was going to . . . Complete story »


October 3, 2019 • Blogs, U.S., West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Social media proves too real for invasive projects

Big, invasive infrastructure projects have lost the social media battle.  This isn’t new, it happened before the war even started.  There’s no way these projects can ever win the social media battle.  However, that doesn’t stop them from trying.  But, they’re only fooling themselves! Take a look at this silly article in a “renewables” publication.  Oooh… use of NIMBY in the headline and throughout the article.  Name-calling is one of the seven common propaganda devices named decades ago by a . . . Complete story »


August 1, 2019 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Plaintiffs in 3 lawsuits against New Creek Wind file notices of voluntary dismissal

ELKINS – The plaintiffs in three lawsuits filed against New Creek Wind alleging negative health effects have voluntarily dismissed their cases in federal court. The three lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in 2018. The lawsuits were dismissed after attorney Henry Wood III filed notices of voluntary dismissal in the cases. The three complaints were filed by New Creek Mountain Sportsman’s Club; Helen Evans Swiger, Holly Evans Mick and Jill M. Evans; and . . . Complete story »


July 16, 2019 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC sets public hearing on proposed Black Rock Wind Farm

KEYSER, W.Va. – The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has scheduled a public hearing later this month for a wind farm that would straddle the Mineral and Grant county line. The hearing will take place July 26 at 6 p.m. at the Grant County Courthouse. State and local officials detailed plans for the Black Rock Wind Farm in mid-May. If ultimately approved, it could have a generation capacity of up to 170 megawatts and create hundreds of jobs during construction, . . . Complete story »


June 4, 2019 • Letters, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Not everyone thinks it’s ‘great news’

This letter is in response to the May 5 letter, by Michael and Kathryn Russo, “Zoning board chairman should recuse himself,” and (what West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says is) the “great news” that West Virginia is planning a new wind farm at Black Rock. (See Justice comments in “Wind farm planned at Black Rock,” May 17 Times-News, Page 1A.) There is a need for jobs, jobs, jobs here locally and I understand that initial construction of industrial wind turbines . . . Complete story »


May 17, 2019 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm planned at Black Rock

KEYSER, W.Va. – State and local officials detailed plans Thursday for a wind energy power plant that will straddle the Mineral and Grant county line. The proposed Black Rock Wind Farm would have a generation capacity of up to 170 megawatts and create hundreds of jobs during construction, according to a news release issued by Gov. Jim Justice’s office. The project is also expected to create “significant” new tax revenues for Mineral and Grant counties and the state of West Virginia. . . . Complete story »


January 2, 2019 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Three lawsuits filed against New Creek Wind for negative health effects

ELKINS – Three complaints were filed against New Creek Wind in federal court alleging negative effects on the health and well-being of several residents. New Creek Mountain Sportsman’s Club; Helen Evans Swiger, Holly Evans Mick and Jill M. Evans; and Glendora Woods filed their lawsuits against New Creek Wind, Everpower Wind Holdings, Enbridge Holdings and Enbridge Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Elkins. Beginning in November 2016, the defendants’ wind turbines have generated . . . Complete story »


June 3, 2018 • Editorials, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC right to think about consumers

West Virginia’s Public Service Commission was absolutely right to reject a proposal by Appalachian Power to buy two wind farms and have Mountain State consumers foot the bill. Our state already has paid dearly for the misguided national campaign against relatively low-priced electricity from coal. Ten years ago, the average price for a kilowatt-hour of power in our state was 5.61 cents. Now, the average is 9 cents. It has been one of the steepest upward climbs in the nation. . . . Complete story »


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