Articles from West Virginia
Peltz sees windmills as “a small piece of the puzzle,” with the major roles in the energy drama occupied by oil and coal.
If there ever was a time to proceed cautiously, it is now with respect to “wind farms” in West Virginia. The potential benefits to the State are so insignificant, while the potential environmental and economic consequences so enormous, that a moratorium on all wind power facilities (not just those near airports) is in order.
"When a small community attempts to take on (oppose) a giant corporate project, they are usually worn down, outflanked, and overrun by the relentless parade of expert witnesses paid to endorse the corporation’s application," explained MCRE spokesman Dave Buhrman (Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy).
Gov. Manchin is only being prudent by suggesting that West Virginia turbine projects also wait until the national studies are completed. Isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? I honestly believe the governor should pass an executive order halting the building of more giant wind turbines in West Virginia until we can all get our bearings.
Two Greenbrier County lawmakers say they applaud legislation proposed by Governor Joe Manchin that calls for the study of the controversial wind farm issue and a six month moratorium for certain wind farm projects that have yet to be certified by the state.
A bill to impose a six-month moratorium on Public Service Commission certification of wind power generation facilities died in the House.
CHARLESTON -- Gov. Joe Manchin proposed legislation for the special session that began Tuesday that would temporarily bar siting new wind farms near airports.
Gov. Joe Manchin proposed legislation for the special session that would temporarily bar siting new wind farms near airports.
...nuclear power emits no carbon dioxide and causes no air pollution. It can be argued that because of the large amount of base-load electricity it produces from a small amount of fuel, nuclear power is the only energy source that can make a real difference in the battle against global warming.
For four years or more, Boone has traveled across the mid-Atlantic region to make every argument he can muster against local wind-power projects: they kill birds and bats; they are too noisy; they are inefficient, making no more than a symbolic contribution to energy needs.
But what some call "wind farms" to emphasize their clean and renewable nature, others see as a blight, and a deadly one at that. They call them "wind mines."
Agreements with companies can include property taxes or fees, local job creation and financial assistance to schools, community.
Some industry officials speak out against three-year pre-construction monitoring period.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Residents opposed to a planned 124-turbine wind farm in southeastern West Virginia have rejected the developer's proposal to scale back the project in response to their concerns.
Diana Everett, attorney for the anti-wind farm group Friends of Greenbrier, produced a document which purportedly came from land books at the Tucker County clerks office showing property tax assessments have decreased by 9 percent since 2003.
Heavy hitters file letters asking PCS to deny application
Several counties in Western Virginia and West Virginia face a new kind of decision: Whether to allow wind farms that can produce power.
“It’s hard to take your eyes off them because they’re so huge,” said Cooper. “But people come to the mountains for peace and quiet and dark skies at night. They don’t come to buy second homes because they want to live beside giant industrial wind turbines.” Cooper said wind developers also broke promises: overestimating the number of jobs that would be created and the tax revenue the project would pump into Tucker County.
FAIRLEA, W.Va. (AP) - More than 400 people turned out for a public hearing on a proposed wind farm in Greenbrier County.
FAIRLEA — There was a lot of talk Tuesday about dead bats and birds, excessive noise and “flashing strobe lights” in the night sky if a state commission approves a proposed 124-turbine wind energy project.