Power In The Breeze; McBride Seeks Funding For Wind Energy Project
Last week, the State Corporation Commission granted conditional approval for the company to build up to 20 turbines, each about 400 feet tall, on Red Oak Knob and Tamarack Ridge near the West Virginia border. ...McBride's project faced considerable opposition from environmentalists.
It was widespread among residents who see Highland County as a pristine rural area and "a sort of last frontier," Sullenberger said.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries summarized the opposition in a September 2006 letter to the SCC.
"We support the use of alternative energy sources, including wind energy" the DGIF said. "However, we feel this project presents an unacceptable risk to wildlife."
December 27, 2007
by Dan Wright
in The Daily News Record
HARRISONBURG - Henry T. "Mac" McBride Jr. first noticed the strong winds of Highland County when he was feeding cattle.
"The wind would blow the hay away before the cows could eat it," McBride said. "But that was long before I knew anything about the wind industry."
In recent years, McBride has stirred up a storm as he sought to build a 39-megawatt wind energy farm in northwest Highland County.
As managing partner of Highland New Wind Development LLC, McBride faces opposition from environmental groups and the task of raising $60 million to fund the project.
"We've had considerable expense up to now, well... [continue via Web link]