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2 Va. firms seek to establish offshore wind farms

Federal regulators have received leasing proposals from two Virginia companies seeking to develop offshore wind farms capable of supplying clean energy to hundreds of thousands of homes. Apex Wind Energy Inc. is proposing to lease 116,000 acres for an undetermined number of wind turbines with the potential to generate up to 1,500 megawatts of power.
25 Feb 2010

Allegheny Front Alliance appeals Pinnacle Project

The Allegheny Front Alliance has appealed the West Virginia Public Service Commission's approval of the Pinnacle Wind Farm, delaying construction of the 23-turbine project atop Green Mountain. The Alliance, which represents opponents to the Pinnacle project, filed its "petition for reconsideration" late last month, submitting a 13-page appeal that raises a number of issues with the approval.
16 Feb 2010

Planning commission drafting wind energy ordinance in Tazewell County

Planning commission members are putting the finishing touches on a proposed ordinance that would regulate the construction of wind turbines across Tazewell County. The draft ordinance would regulate everything from setbacks with regards to wattage generated by wind turbines to the distance wind turbines could be erected from a road and the decibel volume of the tall structures.
10 Feb 2010

Tall structures command attention across region

Brian Cochran, Bluefield city solicitor, in the process of drafting a tall structure ordinance so the city has something in place if a developer specifically wants to acquire property and erect a wind turbine project like the proposed Dominion and BP project in Tazewell County, but Cochran said there's no hurry to get one in place. "The city of Bluefield already has some restrictive zoning in place," Cochran said. "I don't see where our code would allow a development like the one that has been proposed in Tazewell County."
7 Feb 2010

Not on my ridgeline

Tazewell County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that prevents wind farm construction on specified locations. Wind industry supporters say it's an example of how the "anti-wind agenda" is gaining steam. It's one of the latest ordinances in the country adopted by local government that prevents wind farm construction as the federal government is pushing for cleaner greener technologies.
5 Feb 2010

Windmill debate could go to court

The approval of the so-called ridgeline protection ordinance for Tazewell County may not be the end of the wind turbine debate. Although officials with Dominion and BP Wind Energy North America say they are now mulling over their options for the East River Mountain project, company spokesman Ryan Frazier pointed out following Tuesday's vote that the newly adopted ordinance does allow for an appeal of variances.
4 Feb 2010

No to windmills: Board blocks turbine project

A large crowd that jammed the administration offices in downtown Tazewell erupted into applause after the so-called ridgeline protection ordinance was passed. The motion to approve the tall structure ordinance was made by vice chairman David Anderson ..."The people in my district have spoken very, very clearly," Anderson said. "And it has been overwhelming. Ninety percent of the people in my district want to see a ridgeline ordinance. I can't go against the will of my people."
3 Feb 2010

Future of Tazewell wind farm looks bleak

A proposed wind farm project might be dead in Tazewell County. The future looks bleak for the project after the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to prohibit development of tall structures on the county's scenic ridgelines. "I think this proposed tall structure construction carries with it too much public controversy and too little public revenue," said Supervisor Mike Hymes, who cast the deciding vote on a divided board.
3 Feb 2010

Decision coming Tuesday on much-debated wind turbines

According to an advance copy the Tuesday's printed agenda for the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, the board will discuss at 7:55 p.m. and consider the approval of an ordinance to regulate the construction of tall structures on certain ridgelines. If approved by the board, the ordinance would effectively prohibit Dominion and BP Wind Energy North America from constructing large-scale wind turbines along the ridgeline of East River Mountain.
31 Jan 2010

SCC examiner says agency's complaint against wind company should be dismissed

Highland New Wind Development has said for months it does not have to do anything about its proposed 400-foot towers' visual impacts on a nearby Civil War battlefield. This week, the State Corporation Commission hearing examiner agreed. Virginia's Department of Historic Resources had complained the company was not meeting a condition of its permit for the industrial wind energy utility planned in Highland County.
28 Jan 2010

Group says wind project impacts need review

Laurel Fork, the protected stream in western Highland, might be seriously affected by the industrial wind facility planned on Allegheny Mountain, county citizens contend. They have asked the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to take another look at the potential impacts, and include public participation in a more thorough review.
28 Jan 2010

Coalition vows to create offshore wind industry

Judging by the early success the newly created Virginia Offshore Wind Coalition has had in attracting support from private industry and the political world, it's clear just about everyone wants to stake a claim in the rush to develop a multibillion-dollar wind-generated energy industry off the Atlantic coast.
25 Jan 2010

Aviators fear windmills could interfere with landings

Members of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors are considering a ridge line ordinance that would restrict the development of tall structures along certain protected ridge lines, including Burkes Garden and East River Mountain. Local aviators who use airplanes for business travel say they are concerned that the proposed wind farm could inhibit plans to create a second flight path for landing at the Mercer County Airport.
24 Jan 2010

Wind turbines: 15 jobs, five votes and a forever altered landmark

After being immersed in the windmill debate via our newspaper for more than a year - and openly looking at the issue from both sides - I personally do not support the project. But it's not my call to make - it is a decision that should be decided by the residents of Tazewell County. At the public hearing on the project, 71 individuals spoke in favor of the ridgeline ordinance, while 18 spoke against it. That's an overwhelming anti-windmill majority.
22 Jan 2010

Bedford begins work on wind energy ordinance

At a work session Monday, supervisors authorized the Bedford County Planning Commission to begin drafting a set of rules on small wind energy systems for the county. ...anything above 80 feet would be unfeasible for small wind turbine owners. "I guarantee you'll never see a commercial wind farm in Bedford County," Henderson said. "You'll have interest but you're not going to be inundated with requests."
12 Jan 2010
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