April 23, 2012

Is there hope for wind power in Virginia?

GOOD NEWS: An area of 113,000 acres that sits 24 miles off the Virginia coastline looks enticing to some. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a “Call for Information and Nominations” for the federal waters in February and received proposals from eight companies who want to develop offshore wind power there.
And Dominion Virginia Power is supposedly interested in getting into the action—which could produce an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 megawatts (MW) of energy.

BAD NEWS: Dominion Power has its long-range energy plan before the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for review and approval at this very moment. Unfortunately, that plan has no commitment to large scale wind and solar. On the other hand, Denmark is gearing up its plan for the largest wind turbine on the planet.

The SCC is taking comments right now on Dominion's proposal. This is our opportunity to demonstrate overwhelming public support for efficiency, wind, and solar to the SCC, to Dominion, and public officials.

Click here to send your thoughts on this to SCC before May 1.