Articles from Virginia

Dignitaries, protesters turn out for wind project

The former commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Steve Wright, disputed that the project was likely to benefit the goal of curbing global warming. “I am here because this is a reflection of such poor energy policy and poor climate change policy. This development on public land will do nothing but damage the best habitat for black bears in the state, and will do nothing for climate change action."
23 Sep 2016

Dominion loses $40 million federal grant for Virginia offshore wind project

Dominion has proposed building two 6-megawatt turbines about 27 miles off the Virginia Beach coast, and recently has been evaluating a second set of bids for the project that would put its total cost between $300 million and $380 million. The first bid round yielded an estimate of $375 million to $400 million. Dominion’s initial projection was $230 million.
28 May 2016

Dominion encouraged by new bids for offshore wind turbines, but no decision yet

A second round of bids to build two wind turbines off the Virginia Beach coast appears to have lowered the price, but Dominion Virginia Power officials haven’t decided yet whether to green-light the demonstration project. “We are optimistic, but it is a fairly hefty cost to deploy these turbines,” Mark Mitchell, a Dominion vice president, said in an interview Wednesday.
8 Apr 2016

Wind farm hinges on zoning

“My position remains that 85, if not 95 percent of those folks in the Eastern District, do not want to see that commercial wind turbine project go forward on East River Mountain,” Stacy said. “I’ve invited them twice to look at other sites, including one of the old abandoned strip mines that has a lot of infrastructure on it.” Ryan Frazier, a spokesman for Dominion, said the company evaluated several different ridgetops early into the process.
1 Feb 2016

Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by wind farm opponents in Botetourt

The road that could lead to Virginia’s first commercial wind farm passed through a Botetourt County courtroom Wednesday without hitting a speed bump. Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan dismissed a lawsuit filed by five county residents that, at the least, had threatened to slow down plans to build up to 25 giant turbines on top of North Mountain, where they could begin converting wind to electricity by the end of 2017.
17 Dec 2015

Botetourt County seeks wind farm consultant

As plans advance for a wind farm in Botetourt County, the board of supervisors is looking for some expert help. At a meeting Tuesday, the supervisors voted to advertise for an engineering consultant to help the county evaluate an expected zoning application to build up to 25 turbines on top of North Mountain.
23 Sep 2015
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