Articles filed under General from Virginia

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

Wind farm proceeding

Dominion Resources announced Wednesday that it is acquiring 100-percent ownership of a 2,600 acre tract of land on East River Mountain for the purpose of developing the proposed Bluestone River Wind Farm. A deed transferring the full ownership of the property to Dominion will be recorded today.
16 Dec 2010

Virginia next in line for wind farms?

Virginia officials asked the department to consider allowing turbines off its coast after receiving two unsolicited proposals last year. One of the interested parties is French company AREVA, which builds wind turbines in Germany and plans to build nuclear reactor parts in Virginia.
11 Nov 2010

Supervisors address wind energy

The ordinance allows residents to have up to two wind turbines per tax map land parcel at no more than 100 feet each and 35 feet for agricultural land. The reasoning behind two windmills is that one will more than sufficiently power a home and two will more than sufficiently power a farm operation. Any more than two windmills will generate a commercial amount of power.
3 Nov 2010

Sierra Club supports wind farm; official resigns in protest

By a 4-2 vote Wednesday, the executive committee of the Sierra Club's Roanoke chapter voted to conditionally endorse a plan to build up to 18 turbines on Roanoke County's tallest mountain. Shortly afterward, Vice Chairwoman Holly Hartman resigned in protest, complaining that the group's leadership stifled dissenting opinions during four months of deliberation.
15 Oct 2010

Highland windmills remain unbuilt

"We are in a critical spot right now," said Elizabeth Salerno, director of industry data and analysis for the association. "It's sort of a do-or-die moment for the industry." She said a struggling economy is one reason why investors have grown more reluctant to put money in projects like the Highland County wind farm, which has an estimated $80 million price tag. An unrelated preliminary proposal by a separate company calls for 18 windmills atop Poor Mountain in Roanoke County.
26 Jul 2010

What happened to the wind project?

All is quiet at the site on Allegheny Mountain. Heavy equipment and construction trailers are no longer parked at HNWD owner Mac McBride's property on Red Oak Knob and Tamarack. Highland residents have been wondering for months what's going on, and this week, supervisor Robin Sullenberger called the company's attorney, John Flora, to find out.
22 Jul 2010

Offshore wind farms bring concerns over radar systems

Federal aviation and defense officials said a primary concern is that tall wind turbines can adversely affect radar systems, not only by physically blocking them but by generating interference. The blades of a turbine spinning at 200 mph on a 400-foot-high stand will generate enough "clutter" to mimic a Boeing 747 jetliner, said Nancy Kalinowski of the Federal Aviation Administration.
30 Jun 2010

BP remains a player in Wise County wind project

Even while British Petroleum (BP) is up to its corporate neck in the oil-stained waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the company's wind energy wing continues to explore the prospects of building wind farms in Wise and Tazewell counties along with its partner, Virginia Dominion Power.
21 Jun 2010

BP remains a player in Wise County wind project

Even while British Petroleum (BP) is up to its corporate neck in the oil-stained waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the company’s wind energy wing continues to explore the prospects of building wind farms in Wise and Tazewell counties along with its partner, Virginia Dominion Power.
19 Jun 2010

Board leaning in favor of Shenandoah wind energy

Getting approval of a wind-energy policy by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening was a breeze. The panel voted 5-0 in favor of a zoning amendment that would require fewer hurdles than recommended by the Planning Commission earlier this month. Supervisors Chairman David Ferguson was absent.
26 May 2010

Wind power not easy win for birders

Birders tend to be sympathetic to whatever protects the ecosystem. For that reason, "clean" energy schemes that provide power without pollution should be an easy win with the birding community. Ridgetop wind turbines, however, have many birders worried. ..."When birds are migrating, most are a lot higher off the ground," Dawson continued. "But they clear the ridges at a lot lower altitude than they would when flying over flat ground.
21 May 2010

Military gives preliminary OK to Va. wind tracts

Wind turbines could co-exist with military activities off Virginia's coast depending on their locations, a Defense Department assessment has concluded. Proponents of commercial wind power 12 miles or beyond Virginia's coast believe the giant turbines could ultimately provide 10 percent of the state's annual electricity demand.
20 May 2010

Don't kill the messengers

Maybe, just maybe, after all this time, Highland supervisors are getting the message. ...That is: Citizens opposed to Highland New Wind Development's wind power facility are not against the idea of generating electricity with renewable, "green" energy. They're opposed to the location of the 400-foot towers this company chose in our county, and the lack of adequate planning in this case to avoid negative environmental impacts.
20 May 2010

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