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Wind Power News: West Virginia

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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.


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 »


June 1, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC rejects Appalachian Power’s request to purchase wind farms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Public Service Commission has rejected a request by Appalachian Power Company to purchase two wind farms. The PSC decision, signed Wednesday, follows a similar decision made by Virginia regulators in early April. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, companies owned by American Electric Power, asked the PSC and Virginia State Corporation Commission last July to approve its plan to buy the Beech Ridge II Wind Facility in Greenbrier County and the Hardin Wind Facility in Ohio for . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2018 • Ohio, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

WV PSC denies Appalachian Power’s plan to buy two wind farms

The state Public Service Commission has rejected Appalachian Power’s bid to buy two wind farms under development in West Virginia and Ohio. The PSC said, “The proposed acquisitions, under the conditions and circumstances set forth in this record, are not in the public interest in West Virginia” in its order, issued Wednesday. Among the reasons the PSC, which regulates utilities in the state, cited in rejecting the deal were Appalachian’s lack of need for the farms, concerns regarding the farms’ . . . Complete story »


April 27, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

WV customers could bear cost of Appalachian Power wind projects

After Virginia regulators rejected Appalachian Power’s request to buy two wind farms under development, opponents of the deal warn West Virginia customers could bear the farms’ costs alone if the West Virginia Public Service Commission approves the purchase. In July, Appalachian announced it would move to buy the Beech Ridge II Wind Facility in Greenbrier County and the Hardin Wind Facility in Ohio. Appalachian has proposed to finance the development of the two projects with an $84.6 million construction surcharge . . . Complete story »


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 »


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