Va. General Assembly strikes down tall structures legislation .372082013-01-30T16:41:35Z2013-01-30T16:41:35ZLegislation that could have trumped Tazewell County's two-year-old ridgeline protection ordinance has died in the General Assembly. ...Area leaders argued the bill was an attempt to override a local county ordinance that prohibits the development of tall structures, including wind turbines, on East River Mountain and other protected ridgelines.
County could take action on windmills Monday night.359892012-09-08T13:22:38Z2012-09-08T13:22:38ZCarroll County Supervisor Bob Martin believes the county needs to go ahead and take action one way or another in regards to windmills in the county. A formal recommendation is expected Monday night. County will take more time to study windmills.358202012-08-18T22:56:09Z2012-08-18T22:56:09ZAfter the public hearing, Board of Supervisors' Chairman Sam Dickson asked supervisors Bob Martin and Joshua Hendrick if they wanted to make a suggestion about windmills since they make up the county's committee to study windmills. Martin said there still seemed to be a lot of confusion.Company delays Roanoke County wind farm .350722012-05-27T11:10:28Z2012-05-27T11:10:28ZThe company, which once hoped to have the power-generating turbines spinning by the end of this year, said its decision was based on the uncertain future of government incentives for wind energy. ...Invenergy's announcement was seen as a setback for local supporters of renewable energy, but good news for some Poor Mountain residents, who fear that the 443-foot-tall turbines will be a noisy eyesore to their peaceful community.
Plans for Chesapeake Bay wind turbine suspended.349312012-05-08T15:19:22Z2012-05-08T15:19:22ZA towering offshore wind turbine off the Eastern Shore seemed likely as recently as late March, when the state gave its blessing for a prototype energy spire in the Chesapeake Bay.
Barely one month later, those plans have been blown away.
Offshore wind suffers setback in Virginia.349282012-05-08T12:53:59Z2012-05-08T12:53:59ZGamesa and a development partner are suspending further development of an offshore wind turbine off the coast of Virginia, citing the massive amounts of capital needed to pursue a project with a cloudy future due to uncertain federal support. Residents to get a chance to speak up on wind power.337262011-11-30T17:18:04Z2011-11-30T17:18:04ZThe panels are considering a proposed ordinance that would allow wind turbines in the medium-density residential district by special-use permit.
It calls for turbines to be 70 feet tall or shorter. They must be placed on land parcels that are a minimum of 1 acre.
Bent Mountain group sues over wind ordinance.333122011-10-14T14:28:13Z2011-10-14T14:28:13ZOne company and 26 residents want the court to overturn the county's wind ordinance and prevent a company from erecting turbines near their homes, according to documents filed by Roanoke attorney John Fishwick on Thursday in Roanoke County Circuit Court.
Roanoke County sets wind farm limits.330092011-09-14T16:52:07Z2011-09-14T16:52:07ZFour of the five Roanoke County supervisors put in place a wind-energy policy Tuesday night that they say will protect residents and guide the county with future development.
The fifth board member, Ed Elswick, said the board hadn't limited wind development enough.
Roanoke County mulls wind farm.329982011-09-13T09:07:09Z2011-09-13T09:07:09ZA proposed zoning ordinance for industrial or commercial scale windmills hangs before the supervisors at their meeting tonight. Each of the five supervisors said recently that they plan to pass it, perhaps with some changes, as a way to protect residents.
Floyd County residents petition against wind energy.327152011-08-10T11:14:57Z2011-08-10T11:14:57ZThe petition calls on Floyd County to adopt ridgeline protection. The goal is to prohibit structures as tall as a typical wind turbine, said Dave Dixon, who like Boothe lives in the Beaver Creek Road area north of 3,200-foot Wills Ridge.
Wind farms to crop up in northeastern North Carolina.325792011-07-26T04:50:24Z2011-07-26T04:50:24ZA shift in the wind in Southwest Virginia.265602011-07-22T10:27:39Z2011-07-22T10:27:39ZKen Jurman, renewable energy program manager at the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, predicted that onshore wind power development "is not going to be a huge deal in Virginia."
That could change if federal officials decide to liberally permit wind turbines in national forests, but he called that unlikely.
Pendleton asked to create wind energy ordinance.322732011-06-24T16:17:43Z2011-06-24T16:17:43ZOnce again, the Allegheny Highlands is gearing up to debate the merits of commercial wind energy - this time for a project on Shenandoah Mountain.
Solaya Energy LLC has been monitoring wind resources along a five-mile stretch of the ridgeline there to determine whether itâ€Ÿs a good site for roughly 23-25 industrial wind towers. At this point, the company believes the location has strong potential.
Wind turbine discussion continues in Roanoke County.322012011-06-15T18:54:35Z2011-06-15T18:54:35ZWindsor Hills District Supervisor Ed Elswick, who represents the only community in the county where a company has expressed a specific interest in a utility-scale wind farm, and Catawba District Supervisor Butch Church seemed most disturbed by the latest plan for regulations.
Opposing winds: Feelings about Poor Mountain wind farm might depend on proximity to turbines.321612011-06-12T18:47:17Z2011-06-12T18:47:17ZBut Karr and other nearby residents have come to oppose the turbines. Among other things, they worry about noise, flickering shadows cast by the turning blades and the impact on views that comes with putting a 443-foot turbine -- taller than downtown Roanoke's Wachovia Tower -- on top of a ridgeline.
Roanoke Co. panel tweaks wind turbine rules.319702011-05-19T13:52:25Z2011-05-19T13:52:25ZLarge and utility-scale wind turbines will have to be at least a half-mile from the nearest occupied homes under proposed revisions to the Roanoke County zoning ordinance advanced Tuesday.
The county planning commission tweaked a set of changes to the zoning code that it has been working on for more than a year and a half.
Officials like wind turbine, but safety a concern.317102011-04-14T16:58:37Z2011-04-14T16:58:37ZA project that will place a 55-foot wind turbine next to Central High School may need to find another location before it receives the approval of the Shenandoah County School Board.