wind farm discussion at Clementine

Brent Finnegan -- January 21st, 2008

You may have heard about the Highland County wind farm in the local or national media. There’s an ongoing conflict between Highland New Wind LLC, which wants to erect turbines for renewable energy, and locals and environmentalists who don’t want wind turbines marring the scenery. Now the legislators are intervening.

The Shenandoah Sierra Club will be hosting a forum regarding the wind farm tomorrow (Tueasday) at 7 p.m. at Clementine in downtown Harrisonburg.

Speakers John Flora and Rick Webb will discuss the positive and negative impacts of the project, and will answer questions afterwards.

John Flora is an attorney representing Highland New Wind Development, LLC.

Rick Webb is a senior scientist for the University of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Sciences. He served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy Projects that earlier this year released a report to Congress on energy projects in the highlands of the Mid-Atlantic region.

56 Responses to “wind farm discussion at Clementine”

  1. finnegan says:

    Never heard of “turbine tourism” before…

    I just received this release from JMU a few minutes ago:

    Wind Energy Experts to Speak at JMU

    Dr. Suzanne Tegen of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Bree Raum of the American Wind Energy Association will talk to students about their professional experiences and backgrounds at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Room 136 of the ISAT/CS building.

    Tegen and Raum also will discuss the employment outlook in the wind energy field. Tegen is an energy analyst with NREL and Raum is manager of a grassroots advocacy program for AWEA as well as treasurer of the organization’s political action committee, WindPAC.

    In addition to the guests, Dr. Jon Miles, professor of integrated science and technology at JMU and a founder of the Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative, will speak on the successes of ISAT alumni who are working in the renewable energy field. The presentation will include an overview of federal efforts to move toward the use of alternative energy sources and the subsequent need to support education in science and technology.

  2. Tal McBride says:

    FYI…Thought you might find this interesting…
    Wind Farms ARE a tourist attraction in Texas.

  3. greenfuture says:

    Nice references, JW.

    Turbine tourism indeed. We need some in NoVa. I know a hilltop or two…

  4. David Miller says:

    What would JMU know about wind energy? Their department’s website is so outdated that the staff that they reference no longer works there and the copyright is over 2 years old.

  5. David Miller says:

    I correct that, the day after the wind discussion at Clementine their website was that old. Now its been glanced over.

  6. Nice post. Looks like wind power is really starting to get some serious consideration in Australia now.

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