Wind Power News: West Virginia
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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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
Appalachian Power is close to obtaining additional wind energy generation for the next 20 years, but customers will be responsible for its costs if the wind energy market goes south, according to recent testimony before the state Public Service Commission. The PSC is mulling over whether or not to approve Appalachian Power’s purchase of 120 megawatts of wind power, which the company announced in June 2016. The source would be energy company NextEra’s planned Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in . . .
Here are the scientifically proven facts behind Richard and Edie Elvee’s letter (“We already know the answer,” June 23 Times-News). I’m in contact with physicians in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia who have written about the health effects of living within a mile and a half of a wind turbine. I have received stories and have interviewed wind turbine victims. My reading of peer reviewed information reveals the following: The World Health Organization found that residents living within 6,500 . . .
The owner of a Barbour County wind energy facility has been sentenced to pay $30,000 in fines after pleading guilty to two federal charges related to the deaths in 2011 of hundreds of migratory birds, court records show. AES Laurel Mountain LLC was sentenced earlier this month by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Aloi after reaching a plea agreement with U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld. The company was sentenced to pay the maximum fine of $15,000 for each of two misdemeanor . . .
CLARKSBURG – Wind power generation plant AES Laurel Mountain LLC has pleaded guilty to two federal misdemeanors in the deaths of hundreds of migratory birds five years ago at its Barbour County facility. A total of 314 migratory birds, the majority Blackpoll Warblers, died Oct. 2, 2011, at the “undeveloped, wooded and mountainous” site, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II has alleged. And a day later, 81 more migratory birds died at the complex, Ihlenfeld alleged. Giant wind turbines, which look . . .
Appalachian Power has issued pre-qualification documents for parties interested in bidding on an up-coming Request for Proposal (RFP) for up to 150 MW of wind power. The utility provider currently has one million customers in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., and delivers electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers through 223,000 miles of distribution lines in 11 states. The RFP . . .
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . .
A Fortune 500 Canadian energy company recently bought a long-delayed Grant County wind farm, paying $200 million for the project, which they hope will be up and running in a year. Enbridge, a Calgary, Alberta-based pipeline and energy company, announced Wednesday that it bought the New Creek Wind Project and plans to have the 49-turbine farm in operation in December 2016. Once operational, it would be West Virginia’s sixth wind farm, according to the state Department of Commerce. Five of . . .