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Roanoke Co. panel tweaks wind turbine rules

Large and utility-scale wind turbines will have to be at least a half-mile from the nearest occupied homes under proposed revisions to the Roanoke County zoning ordinance advanced Tuesday. The county planning commission tweaked a set of changes to the zoning code that it has been working on for more than a year and a half.
19 May 2011

Hearing set on wind turbines in Roanoke County

The latest regulations, as proposed, would require that every "large" and "utility" project receive specific approval from the supervisors through a special-use permit. A "large" system would consist of one or more towers producing less than 1 megawatt of electricity each. A "utility" system would have more than one tower, each capable of 1 megawatt or more.
27 Feb 2011

Tazewell leaders hope wind energy won't be fuel for elections

"I would sincerely hope that whoever runs for the Board of Supervisors - if it's not me - that they would listen to the people and abide by the organization and regulations already set forth," Anderson said. Anderson said it will be up to the voters to carefully question candidates about where they stand on wind turbines on East River Mountain.
6 Feb 2011

VACO urges localities to oppose renewable energy bill proposal

The Virginia Association of Counties is urging localities across the Commonwealth to oppose a renewable energy bill as it is currently proposed by a Virginia Beach lawmaker. The legislation sought by Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, would weaken local government land use authority, and could override local ordinances.
28 Jan 2011

State may trump local ordinance; General Assembly introduces renewable energy legislation

Legislation introduced by a Virginia Beach lawmaker could potentially trump Tazewell County's new ridgeline protection ordinance ...Senate Bill 862 introduced by Sen. Frank Wagner addresses the role of local governments as it relates to the goal of the Commonwealth to promote the generation of energy from renewable sources, including wind energy.
18 Jan 2011

Ridgeline protection: Mercer should take proactive approach

Joe Coburn, president of the Mercer County Commission, said the board has not had any real discussions about whether or not to create a ridgeline ordinance for Mercer County. Coburn added he wasn't aware of any entity interested in building a wind turbine farm in Mercer County. ...Why repeat the same mistake made by Tazewell County.
2 Jan 2011

Wind farm opponents vow to continue fight in Tazewell County

"I am certainly saddened by the fact that I see this in the newspaper and that they are coming back and operating as they are," Dr. Teresa Paine, a member of the Mountain Preservation Association, said of Dominion's announcement that it will be the sole developer of the proposed Bluestone River Wind Farm. "I think they are going to take advantage of this county for their own benefit."
17 Dec 2010
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