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A year after county supervisors voted 2-1 to grant a conditional use permit to Highland New Wind Development, that move was taken to court by residents and landowners challenging the decision. The trial is expected to take about three days.
The $850 million power line, which would be built by two companies, is intended to relieve power congestion in northern Virginia and get electricity to customers as far north as New Jersey, said officials with grid-operator PJM Interconnection.
Nationwide, wind power has been hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy and a moneymaker for ailing rural communities. But its rapid expansion in the East has intensified concerns about bird and bat deaths, altered landscapes and other environmental and economic issues.
Preliminary research shows wind turbines kill thousands of bats and birds in the Appalachian Mountains, which are a major migratory flyway, scientists say.....Dan Boone, a Maryland-based botanist and wildlife scientist, said laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act aren't enough to protect against bird and bat kills, deforestation and other damage done by wind turbines.
...it's good to know Greenpeace sticks by its anti-nuke stance even when it can't explain why.
At one point, Mike Town , state director of the Sierra Club , challenged the acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Johnnie Burton, to conduct a full investigation of possible offshore wind energy. “We already are,” Burton told Town. “We also can say with certainty that one platform in the Gulf of Mexico would equal the energy from wind turbines placed shoulder to shoulder on the coast of New Hampshire,” she said. Town did not disagree, only that wind energy should be considered “part of the solution.”
For four years or more, Boone has traveled across the mid-Atlantic region to make every argument he can muster against local wind-power projects: they kill birds and bats; they are too noisy; they are inefficient, making no more than a symbolic contribution to energy needs.
The Public Service Commission will hear arguments in coming weeks about three wind power projects seeking certification to operate in West Virginia.
STUART - Opposition to windmills in Highland County appears to be spreading to Patrick County.
A Chicago company is looking into building a wind farm on Bent and Poor mountains.
Tom Smith, director of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation's natural-heritage program, said detailed research is needed on the windmills' potential to kill birds and bats. "It's very hard to say there's not a significant impact [on birds] and not a need for additional studies," Smith said.
Community Energy says it is evaluating several Virginia sites
MONTEREY — Despite another strong majority opinion from citizens to the contrary, Highland New Wind Development’s application with regard to the comprehensive plan has now been deemed in accordance with land use goals by Highland planners
VERONA — John Root, a Mount Sidney resident, got a go-ahead from the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals at its April meeting for the county's first modern wind-powered generator.
MONTEREY— Yet another decision awaits county officials about Highland New Wind Development’s plan to erect a 39-megawatt wind plant atop Allegheny Mountain.
These comments concern the application of Highland New Wind Development, LLC for a certificate to construct and operate a generating facility in Highland County. They are submitted on behalf of Virginia Wind, a not-for-profit organization addressing the need for effective environmental assessment prior to utility-scale wind development in the western Virginia and central Appalachian region.3 We submit to the Commission that the proposed Highland New Wind Development (HNWD) project presents a risk of unacceptable environmental harm and that the potential benefits of the project are minimal.
Rural Tucker County, W.Va., has 44 mountaintop windmills. They're tall enough that their rotating blades can be seen for miles, and loud enough that their whooshing sound is heard in the nearby hollows.
The eloquence, knowledge, logic and concern exhibited by the 60 citizens who testified against the industrial wind turbine project at the State Corporation Commission hearings last week was a real testimony to intelligence of Highland County’s citizenry.
If these groups did their homework, their members would more likely be opposed to installing wind towers in places like Highland. They would conclude wind can be sited in places that are not naturally and environmentally relatively unspoiled and opt for places where the industry is a better fit. They would see there is nothing green about energy that erodes what little greenery we have left on the East Coast. We think most of those letter writers would have a different view of this project if they were to spend a little time here.