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Dominion Energy customers’ monthly electric bills have jumped nearly 29% since 2007 under a series of electric utility-backed bills enacted since then — and look set to rise another 45% over the next decade, the State Corporation Commission said. ...It said Dominion’s push to expand its solar and wind generating capacity will drive much of the rise in bills over the next decade. ...The SCC report said Dominion’s latest long-term plan, which details a multi-billion-dollar investment in renewable energy, will boost the average residential customer’s monthly bill from $116.69 now to more than $168 by 2030.
What we see on your website and advertised are the changes that Apex has requested. We do not see any other changes. So if we correctly understand your statement, none of the suggested changes made by Virginians for Responsible Energy were deemed suitable for updating the Wind Ordinance, and you and your staff are recommending that only the changes wanted by Apex should be made. This is stunning that the Planning Department appears to be willing to accept everything that Apex wants, without limit.
Critics of the sPower solar project in Spotsylvania County have raised concerns about its environmental impact.
The agreement also provides a long-sought purchaser of 75 megawatts of electricity to be produced by wind turbines built by Apex, a Charlottesville company that obtained all of the permits needed for the project two and a half years ago. Since then, Apex has not begun construction while it has searched for a utility or other buyer to make the project commercially feasible.
A consultant for the county determined there “is no heat island,” but believes temporary heat spikes could happen with the Spotsylvania facility. That finding led staff and the Planning Commission to recommend 350-foot setbacks between solar equipment and property lines. Staff recommends these setbacks only for properties with houses, while the Planning Commission recommended them for the entire property. SPower says those setbacks would negatively impact the project plans. The company is seeking 100-foot setbacks from property lines and 350-foot setbacks from homes.
The Planning Commission recommended denial of two of the three sections, one of which would produce 400 megawatts and comprise 5,200 acres. The entire proposed project would cover about 6,300 acres, but the commission backed only a 245-acre segment.
Since 2005, wind turbine projects have been proposed by other developers in Southwest Virginia, including the counties of Highland, Roanoke and Tazewell. All of the plans eventually stalled. ...to some degree, all of them ran into opposition from nearby residents, who said giant turbines on ridgelines would mar scenic landscapes, make too much noise and produce harmful shadow flickers.
Imagine a 6,350-acre parcel close to your home filled with rows and rows of 1.8 million solar panels and the largest solar power farm of its kind east of the Rocky Mountains. Imagine wondering what effect that massive farm would have not only on the local environment, but also the microclimate, because such a project in a populated area is unprecedented.
Apex Clean Energy will not start site work by the end of this year, as originally planned, on a project to build up to 25 giant, power-generating turbines on top of a Botetourt County mountain, a company official said Wednesday.
DALEVILLE — A clean energy developer hopes to start construction of a wind farm in Botetourt County by year’s end, even as it continues to search for a power company to purchase electricity generated by the giant turbines.
In what is called a mitigation plan – which DEQ accepted in approving the application – Apex says it also will avoid cutting trees within five miles of the bats’ caves and within 150 feet of summer roosting trees for northern long-eared bats from early spring to fall. Opponents of the wind farm continue to question assessments that it will not harm birds and bats, pointing out that the supporting research was done by expert firms hired by Apex.
The winds of political change that swept the country last week are not expected to impact a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County.
Wind turbines nearly as tall as the Washington Monument standing on top of North Mountain in Botetourt County would not pose a danger to passing aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration has determined.
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."
A crash course on a proposed wind energy project in Botetourt County is to be offered to Rockbridge County residents one day before the proposal is slated to be approved.
It’s a controversial issue that has sparked continues debate. Charlottesville company Apex Energy proposes to place up to 25 wind turbines along a three-and-a-half mile stretch of North Mountain.
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.
Apex Clean Energy applied this week for a building permit to put up three temporary towers on North Mountain that will be used to gather data on wind speed and other information, according to Botetourt County spokesman Cody Sexton.
Dominion Resources Executive Vice President and CFO Mark Gettrick: “When the wind business first got started, a decade, a decade and a half ago, we built two wind projects early on and we elected not to build any more. We steered away from wind. We do not think wind would ever be a good resource on land, in Virginia anyway, and so we elected not to pursue incremental wind projects.”