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The FAA found that 14 of the 18 turbines proposed by Invenergy do "not exceed obstruction standards and would not be a hazard to air navigation," according to notices posted on its website.
North Carolina's first large-scale wind farm, with more than 100 towers taller than a grain elevator, is working its way through a long permitting process with little opposition.
The prospect of windmills standing 440 feet above Poor Mountain, visible from distant mountain outlooks and the Roanoke Valley below, should make one thing clear to advocates and foes alike: A wind farm would have a big impact.
Even if the FAA were to approve the project today, Chicago-based developer Invenergy would face more delays as it approaches a second regulatory hurdle -- approval by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Virginians know that "Virginia is for Lovers." We also know the adage that love is blind. Such blindness is exemplified by Gov. Bob McDonnell's and Sen. Frank Wagner's love affair with renewable energy.
Concerns about low-frequency noise, negative impact on the mountainous viewshed and other issues have led the Roanoke County Planning Commission to delay the implementation of rules for large- and utility-scale wind turbines in the county.
Industrial-scale wind farms have altered the rural landscape in places where the natural environment and quiet living are high priorities. Some local residents and conservationists say wind turbines are an assault on both.
PJM Interconnection, which coordinates and directs operations for electric power needs in 13 states and the District of Columbia, said Monday it is suspending the 275-mile, $2.1 billion Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline project from its 2011 Regional Transmission Expansion Plan. "Recent dramatic swings in economic forecasts and evolving public policies, particularly with respect to renewable energy, are adding greater uncertainty to our planning studies."
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.
The proposal by Invenergy Wind Development calls for 18 turbines. The turbines would each be 443 feet tall. The concern is possible signal interference with existing emergency communication, radio and television towers.
A euphemism for "permit by executive edict," it allows for favored projects to escape troublesome due-process reviews by the Department of Environmental Quality and local citizens. "Friends-of-Bob" trumps local constituents' concerns and environmental impacts.
Each of the four sites identified Monday are off major tourist destinations, including Atlantic City, N.J., Ocean City, Md., and Virginia Beach, Va. However, Salazar said the wind farms would be between 10 to 20 miles offshore - far enough that beachgoing vacationers wouldn't have their views ruined.
"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.
The Senate's Commerce and Labor Committee agreed Monday to amend a controversial energy bill sought Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach. The bill as originally written by Wagner threatened to override Tazewell County's existing ridgeline protection ordinance. The committee members instead adopted a substitute bill that would not override existing county ordinances.
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.
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.
HNWD was put on notice in May of 2010 that citizens intend to bring suit in federal court to seek compliance with the ESA if HNWD chooses to go forward without an ITP in the face of clear risk to endangered Indiana and Virginia big-eared bats. Construction was briefly initiated at the project site in late 2009.
The renewed interest in the development of wind energy in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia prompted officials of Bland County to share the text of their wind energy facility ordinance with county governments in neighboring counties.
Area lawmakers say they don't expect to see wind energy legislation passed in Richmond this year that could trump Tazewell County's existing ridgeline protection ordinance. "I'm not aware of any pending legislation, and I do not support introducing legislation at the state level that would supersede the county level."
KEYSER - According to the independent firm hired to conduct the decommissioning study for the Pinnacle Wind Farm, the net scrap value of the 23 wind turbines to be constructed on Green Mountain should exceed the cost of dismantling the entire wind farm, thus making the provision for an escrow bond unnecessary.