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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.

March 29, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy still hasn’t gone mainstream in the Mountain State

CLARKSBURG – The wind energy revolution hasn’t really taken root in West Virginia yet, despite its environmental benefits. The American Wind Energy Association reports total U.S. installed wind capacity through September 2017 was just under 85,000 megawatts: West Virginia’s six wind projects, however, account for only 686 of those megawatts and generate just 1.9 percent of in-state energy production. AWEA says the Mountain State ranks 25th nationally. By comparison, Texas, ranked No. 1, has 136 working wind projects with nearly 12,500 . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Property owner alleges New Creek Wind turbines’ noise causes headaches

ELKINS – The owner of property in New Creek alleges wind turbines erected near his property generate noise that has caused him harm. William D. Benton Jr. filed a complaint Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia against New Creek Wind LLC, formerly AES New Creek LLC; Everpower Wind Holdings Inc. (Everpower); and Enbridge Holdings LLC alleging nuisance and negligence. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he experienced negative effects, including being . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Senator wants end to wind power tax breaks

CHARLESTON – For state Sen. Randy Smith, 18 years is long enough for tax breaks on wind power projects. One of the many bills Smith, R-Tucker, has introduced during this year’s legislative session is to repeal the tax break the wind power companies receive. West Virginia has hundreds of windmills dotting the skylines, and, according to Smith, communities are missing out on thousands of tax dollars. “Usually when we grant a tax break, there is a sunset law limiting it for . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2017 • Ohio, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Appalachian defends wind farm pursuit, says benefits are underestimated

There’s less risk for Appalachian Power customers to be hit with a long-term rate hike from the company’s two planned wind farm purchases than outside parties project, company staff members argued in recent filings with the state Public Service Commission. Randall Short, a member of the PSC’s independent staff, and Stephen Baron, a representative of the West Virginia Energy Users Group, recently argued in filings that the benefits of buying the wind farms are “overstated” and customers would be better . . . 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 »

September 8, 2017 • Ohio, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC staff wants Appalachian Power to specify wind farm purchases’ effect on rates

Appalachian Power’s plans to purchase two wind farms is facing scrutiny early in the approval process from the independent staff of the state Public Service Commission, specifically regarding a lack of notice to customers on how much the acquisitions would affect their electric bills. The utility is proposing to finance the acquisitions of the Beech Ridge II Wind Facility in Greenbrier County (50 megawatts of power) and the Hardin Wind Facility in Hardin County, Ohio (175 megawatts) via a construction . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2017 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Two lawsuits filed against New Creek Wind for wind turbine noise

ELKINS – Two lawsuits have been filed against New Creek Wind after the plaintiffs claim its wind turbines are noisy. Everpower Wind Holdings Inc.; and Enbridge Holdings LLC were also named as defendants in the suits. On Dec. 19, 2008, the predecessor to New Creek applied to the West Virginia Public Service Commission for approval to construct a commercial wind generation facility and, prior to Nov. 1, 2016, the defendants notified WVPSC that they planned to begin commercial operations of . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2017 • Virginia, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Appalachian Power hopes to buy 2 wind power facilities

Appalachian Power Co. announced Wednesday that it hopes to acquire two wind power projects – one in Ohio and one in West Virginia – to add more renewable energy sources to the electric utility’s portfolio. If regulators approve the purchases, these two wind farms will be the first two directly owned and operated by Appalachian, which has long relied on coal for the bulk of its power generation. The 175-megawatt Hardin Wind Facility will be in Hardin County, Ohio, and the 50-megawatt . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2017 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

WV Senate votes to repeal wind turbine tax cut

The West Virginia state Senate on Saturday voted to repeal a tax cut for wind power projects in the state. The body voted 25-6 to pass SB 16, which would revoke wind turbines’ classification in the tax code as pollution control facilities. Current law has turbines taxed at 5 percent of their value. Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, spoke in favor of the bill. He said when the Legislature created the tax break in 2001, it should have added a sunset . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2017 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Tucker County Commissioners vote to support Senate Bill 16

PARSONS – Chris Michael, Tucker County Assessor spoke to Tucker County Commissioners Wednesday and asked for their support on the passage of Senate Bill 16. Michael said currently, windmills are taxed at 5 percent of their market value. “We have a $50 million project up there and if they were treated like a normal business, they would pay taxes on $30 million,” Michael said. “That would bring in roughly $400,000 a year to be split by the county and schools. . . . Complete story »

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