Friday, January 23, 2009

VA Energy: Wind Farm Study in Southwest

Wind Farm Study Underway In Southwest Virginia

Energy giants Dominion and BP announced Thursday that they’ve launched a joint study on the possibility of building wind farms in Southwest Virginia – and purchased 2,560 acres of land in Tazewell County, Va., where some of the studies will take place.

Dominion spokesman Ryan Frazier, in a telephone interview Thursday, declined to state the location of the land. He said “various studies” already are under way in Tazewell and Wise counties, but he declined to elaborate on the types of studies.

Based in Richmond, Va., Dominion is building a coal-fired, 585-megawatt, power plant in Wise County. BP Wind Energy is a subsidiary of BP America, which is based in Houston, Texas. The two companies already are partners in 650 megawatts of the 750-megawatt Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Benton County, Ind.

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