Apex Clean Energy, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is considering a 180-megawatt capacity wind project in Pulaski County, on part of 17,000 acres owned by the Boy Scouts of America.
In May 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determined that four 198-foot-high wind-testing towers would not pose an aircraft hazard (the wind-testing towers do not have the same large spinning blades that electricity-generating wind turbines do). If the company proceeds with the Pulaski project, it would need permits from Pulaski County, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
The Web site for Apex Clean Energy is http://www.apexcleanenergy.com/.
Sources for this post:
FAA approves test towers for Pulaski County wind farm, Roanoke Times, 5/20/16.
Pulaski County eyed for wind energy project, Southwest Times, 2/12/15.
Other Sources of Information on Wind Energy in Virginia
James Madison University’s Center for Wind Energy, online at at http://wind.jmu.edu/projectdev/utilitywind.html).
The Virginia Energy Plan 2014, online at http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/2014_VirginiaEnergyPlan2.shtml.
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, “Virginia Activities,” online at http://www.boem.gov/State-Activities-Virginia/.
Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, online at http://wind.jmu.edu/offshore/vowda/.
WDBJ-TV (Roanoke), compilation of their news articles about wind energy in western Virginia, online at http://articles.wdbj7.com/keyword/wind-farm.