Articles from Virginia

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 speeds up permits for wind-energy projects

People seeking a state permit to develop small wind-energy projects in Virginia may receive a quicker answer from the Department of Environmental Quality, thanks to new authority given to the agency. But that doesn't mean major wind projects, whether offshore or on land, will sprout in Virginia any faster than they otherwise would.
17 Nov 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

Change in Virginia law eases rules for wind farms

As of Jan. 1, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will accept applications for wind power projects. Currently, applicants go through the State Corporation Commission. And cases will be decided within 90 days, compared with the years it took for the state's first permitted wind farm.
19 Sep 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

Turbine effects would have a broad reach

This is to dispute recent propagandized information provided to area citizens from a green money-motivated industry posing as a green energy hero. A Chicago-based corporation, Invenergy, proposes to lay claim to our area mountain winds, beginning with 18 industrial-sized wind turbines on Roanoke County's Poor Mountain.
22 Jul 2010

A threat to Poor Mountain's wildlife

The bulk of the Cool Cities Coalition talking points are based on "coal mining: bad; wind turbines: good." This rhetorical trick is the fallacy of false choice, as in "it's better to drink bleach than gasoline," while neglecting alternatives, such as drinking water, whisky or nothing at all. The coalition can't prove "wind turbines: good."
15 Jul 2010

Pilots VS wind farm, redux

Matthew Broughton, an aviation lawyer and president of the IFR Pilots Club in Roanoke, said the wind turbines would create a hazard to navigation, particularly when the condition are IFR. Aircraft on IFR approaches to Roanoke usually use runway 6, and Broughton and other pilots say the approach path would take them too close to wind turbines.
14 Jul 2010
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