Tag: wind energy

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Wind energy: Part of the renewable mix

According to an American Wind Energy Association announcement last year the United States has more wind energy supplying its grid than any other country, enough to power 15.5 million American homes.


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Gov. McAuliffe urged to ramp up offshore wind power

More than 50 organizations, businesses and local officials delivered a letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe today, urging him to push for policies that make offshore wind power, which has vast potential in Virginia, a key part of the state’s energy supply.


The solar energy challenge: Saving up sun for a rainy day

In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants.


Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia awarded first wind energy research lease

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Virginia is the first state in the nation to receive a wind energy research lease in federal waters from the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).


Mars One co-founder to speak at Bridgewater College

Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp has made multiple breakthroughs in the field of science in technology. As co-founder and CEO of Mars One, his goal is to put humans on the planet Mars by 2025.


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Tim Kaine: On EPA move on power plant emissions

Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants. Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense.


Virginia Tech’s India research laboratory opens in Chennai

Four years in the making, Virginia Tech’s research laboratory in India opens today with Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger presiding over the ribbon cutting.


Earth Talk: The bright future of wind power

Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has been a dominant second for years, and continues to show “hockey stick” growth moving forward.


Second in nation offshore wind lease sale off Virginia

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed its live auction to lease an area off the coast of Virginia as the site of the nation’s second offshore wind energy lease sale. The winner of the lease sale is Dominion Virginia Power, which bid $1.6 million for the lease.


McDonnell applauds award for offshore wind turbine technology demonstration to Virginia utility

Gov. Bob McDonnell applauded the award of an offshore wind technology demonstration grant to a Virginia utility and announced today the beginning of a geological survey of the Virginia Wind Energy Area (WEA), encompassing 112,799 acres 23.5 nautical miles offshore Virginia Beach and the Port of Hampton Roads. Both of these projects support a Commonwealth goal to accelerate commercial leasing and development of the Virginia WEA and offshore energy industry supply chain.


McDonnell signs energy bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed 13 pieces of legislation that he says will advance Virginia as the “Energy Capital of the East Coast” today in Richmond. The legislation continues Gov. McDonnell’s “all of the above” strategy for advancing development of Virginia’s energy resources. In signing this legislation and working with industry and stakeholder groups, this […]


Federal agency moving forward with offshore wind energy plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced on Thursday that it is moving forward with the next step in offshore wind energy development off the Virginia coast. The BOEM is publishing the call for information and nominations aimed at industry interest in locations off the Virginia coast for commercial wind energy leases. The call is […]


Bill Bolling: Working toward energy security

Column by Bill Bolling www.billbolling.com   This week I had the privilege of announcing an $800,000 grant to construct a new Wind Energy Training Center at James Madison University. This is the latest in a series of steps that Gov. McDonnell and I have taken to make Virginia the East Coast’s energy leader. Gov. McDonnell […]


Virginia enters Wind Energy Consortium

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Gov. Bob McDonnell signed onto a Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and nine East Coast governors, to establish the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium. Through this consortium, Gov. McDonnell will encourage the environmentally-responsible development of wind energy, and other sources of renewable energy, […]


Highland County supervisors liable for noncompliance with Endangered Species Act

   Column by Rick Webb Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Wood Rogers PLC, the Roanoke law firm representing Highland Citizens, has advised the Highland County Board of Supervisors that allowing Highland New Wind Development to proceed without the Incidental Take Permit required by the Endangered Species Act will place the county in legal jeopardy. The Highland […]