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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.
RICHMOND — Formal respondents in Highland New Wind Development’s case pending before the State Corporation Commission are adding to a long list of concerns expressed already by a variety of state agencies. Among those who have weighed in recently are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which expresses serious doubts about environmental reviews conducted thus far.
RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission dismissed Highland citizens’ motion to dismiss Highland New Wind Development’s application for a utility last week.
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.
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.
MONTEREY The State Corporation Commission held hearings last week on a proposal to build wind turbines in Highland County. The gathering of dark-suited officials and lawyers was a bit unusual in remote, bucolic Monterey, but something reminded everyone there is much more to Highland County than the wind-farm debate.
Localities escaped a close call when the House reaffirmed that nuclear, wind and LNG facilities would have to meet local zoning and land-use restrictions. But they should be wary of the coercive spirit shown by the Senate, and all Virginians should be wary of the flawed energy policy crafted in their name. The issues involved deserve more thoughtful, balanced consideration. In the interim the best thing that could happen to this bill would be a veto from the governor.
MONTEREY — The one business on Allegheny Mountain located directly under the ridge where the project would be built is Bear Mountain Retreat.
Monterey is the county seat of Highland County whose mountains and climate have local boosters calling it "Virginia's Little Switzerland."
Virginia homeowners may not be ready for a windmill on every roof, but what about a string of electricity-generating turbines on a distant hilltop and the option to buy green power at affordable prices?
MONTEREY — Bleachers and basketball nets notwithstanding, Highland’s elementary school gym played host this week to perhaps the most important debate in county history.
The fight to preserve our visual and cultural heritage has entered a new phase now. The outcome is in the hands of people who don’t know much about who we are or what’s really at stake here. We are on a political, legislative and regulatory track that is complex and has a mind of its own.