The upcoming General Assembly Session will consider Renewable Portfolio Standard legislation that will require the use of renewable energy, including wind energy, in Virginia.
Before we mandate wind development, shouldn’t we first answer some fundamental questions?
-How much wind power is actually available ?
-How much and where can wind be developed given appropriate guidelines and restrictions ?
-What are the tradeoffs in terms of environmental costs and benefits ?
Benefits Summary for Maximum Potential Onshore Wind Development in Virginia
•Electricity generation equal to only 3.8% of projected 2015 demand
•No reduction in fossil fuel consumption
•Little or no reduction in SO2and NOX emissions
•CO2offset equal to only 1.8% of projected 2015 emissions
–Address our 2.5% annual growth rate in electricity consumption
•Focus on major emission sources
–Maximize the air quality dividend
•Objective assessment of options
–Go beyond qualitative slogans