Governor signs repeal of renewable energy incentives.374792013-02-22T17:13:30Z2013-02-22T17:13:30ZThe change means utilities, such as Dominion Virginia Power, will no longer be eligible for a bonus for obtaining a certain portion of their energy from renewable sources, such as solar power. Reduced incentives remain for nuclear and offshore wind power.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.
Wind turbines: VACo joins Tazewell opposition .371442013-01-25T17:58:22Z2013-01-25T17:58:22ZCharles Stacy, eastern district representative on the board of supervisors said that the Virginia Association of Counties has expressed concerns about SB 1341, the renewable energy facilities; exemption from land use regulations," bill that was introduced in the General Assembly by State Senator Richard L. Saslaw, D-Springfield. "VACo is adamantly opposed to this bill for reasons other than windmills." Legislation in General Assembly seeks renewable energy exemption .371242013-01-24T19:04:20Z2013-01-24T19:04:20ZState Senator Richard L. Saslaw, D-Springfield, introduced Senate Bill 1341, the "Renewable energy facilities; exemption from land use regulations," bill. According to the bill summary, the bill: "Exempts certain electrical generation facilities powered by renewable sources of energy from local zoning and land use requirements. Virginia offshore wind farm might not be built for another decade - or more.370582013-01-18T15:06:26Z2013-01-18T15:06:26ZThe earliest Virginia offshore commercial wind development could occur would likely be 2022, or even five years later than that, energy officials said Thursday.
Getting the required permits to build an offshore wind farm could take seven years alone.
Critics call Virginia's renewable energy bonuses a waste renewable energy.363022012-10-13T23:22:02Z2012-10-13T23:22:02ZEnvironmental groups say Virginiaâ€˜s renewable-energy program is a loophole-riddled corporate giveaway that allows utilities to boost rates without building a single wind or solar facility in the Old Dominion.
Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli calls the whole subsidy arrangement a waste.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. Wind farm concerns aired in Floyd County.342522012-02-01T14:24:50Z2012-02-01T14:24:50ZThe Floyd County draft ordinance prohibits the construction, repair or improvement of structures more than 40 feet high on any ridge 2,000 feet or more above sea level and 500 feet or more above an adjacent valley floor, a geographical catchment area that covers much of Floyd County. The ordinance makes an exception for water, radio, telecommunications and television towers.Floyd County ordinance likely wipes out wind turbines proposal.338252011-12-16T15:24:26Z2011-12-16T15:24:26Z"I think this will help protect the natural beauty of the county, preserve the ridges," said Clinger.
A public hearing on the potential ridge line ordinance is scheduled for January 31st, but supervisors do not expect much if any opposition.
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.
Virginia's offshore battle: Wind Vs. oil drilling; Potential for off-shore drilling eyed.335962011-11-11T15:07:50Z2011-11-11T15:07:50ZThe Obama administration's proposal to exclude Virginia from offshore drilling exploration has angered many top politicians in the commonwealth who view drilling as a potential source of jobs. But the decision has reinvigorated environmentalists' arguments that there's more to gain from wind power.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 supervisor wants to revisit wind turbine noise ordinance.333132011-10-13T14:31:57Z2011-10-13T14:31:57ZElswick asked the county board of supervisors on Tuesday to rescind a 60-decibel maximum limit on large wind turbines. That policy regulates how loud the turbines can be at the nearest property lines.
The 60-decibel limit is too high, Elswick said Tuesday.