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Saturday, June 05, 2010

 

Rejecting and Stalling APC’s Renewable Wind Energy

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Virginia wind energy could become a reality if only the hot air and wind from Richmond and Washington and GoreLand would blow upon a wind-turbine.

Roanoke Times, 6-4-10, Pg 1 & 8: SCC takes wind from Appalachian’s sails
The Kaine-appointed SCC Commission rejected two wind farm purchase agreements because they were too costly for consumers.
Hello Commission Members! We all know that renewable energy is more costly than Virginia’s primary source of coal power.
However don’t we have a goal for all investor owned utilities to increase the percentage of renewable energy every year achieving 15% by 2025. Pray tell how that’s going to happen without increases in electric rates and development and installation of new generation and distribution facilities?
http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=VA10R&re=1&ee=1
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Roanoke Times, 4-9-10, Pg 9: Wind farm construction set to resume in Highland County.
The highland wind-farm project has been in the regulatory swamp for over 5 years and now we’re set to start. Don’t hold your breath waiting for all those green jobs and a reduction in our energy dependence on our enemies!
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/02/wind-power-regulatory-swamp.html
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Roanoke Times, 5-2-10, Pg Horiz 1: Wildlife and wind fare better at sea.
Have wind farm plans not been rejected off the coast of Massachusetts since before 2005 by the Kennedy-family-environmentalists. They even had none other than Walter Cronkite make anti-wind TV ads for them. Click to be enlightened:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/05/wind-turbines-on-highlands-of-va.html
A somber nautical thought: When you observe the devastation of hurricane driven winds and waves destroying everything in their path one can only imagine how wind mills will fare out in the open sea.
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Roanoke Times, 4-9-10, Pg 9: Poor Mountain is rich in wind.
Since the passage of the Va Energy Plan in 2007, Va has taken a leadership role nationally to achieve energy independence.
Have you ever read such a pile of heifer-dust?
What leadership role? The only real Virginia renewable energy project is Highland and that’s been on hold since well before 2007 by the state SCC and government bureaucracy.
We will all indeed be poor from imported energy before Poor Mountain generates enough power to light the display you’re looking at.
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Roanoke Times, 5-30-10, Pg Horiz 2: A U-turn on wind farms, by a Mr. Mills who lives on Poor Mountain and who comments: “It seems no one wants to be near these things, apparently for good reasons.”
Don’t worry Mr. Mills, based on the past and current track records, you and I will be history before any turbine blades rotate on Poor Mountain.
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The fact is we cannot talk our way to energy independence and conversion to more renewable assets. We need leadership not talk and platitudes and not CO2 carbon credits, nor Cap&Tax.
We went to the moon with grit and leadership and technology innovation and yes Virginia, some good men and women died making it happen.

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Some prior items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/01/aep-rates-reality-of-democrat-energy.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/10/smart-power-grid-needs-supply.html
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Some items on the dismal green energy history of the Roanoke Times
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/03/wheres-roanoke-times-carbon-footprint.html
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