At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the Botetourt County Zoning Appeal Board will hold a public hearing on Rocky Forge Wind at the Greenfield Education Center, 57 S Center Drive in Daleville. The problem: Site preparation for Rocky Forge Wind, Virginia’s first onshore wind project, has already started, but COVID delays are now putting it at risk.
Rocky Forge was making steady progress through the authorization process when he encountered delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect projects in exactly this type of situation, Virginia passed a law granting zoning permit extensions for projects facing COVID-related delays.
But on July 7, the Botetourt County Zoning Administrator sent a letter to Rocky Forge Wind legal counsel stating that they did not intend to honor the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 extension law, which entered into force on March 1. This is in stark contrast to Virginia law, as well as our commitment to clean energy, including the Commonwealth’s commitment to purchase electricity from Rocky Forge. In addition, national and global commitment to clean energy is growing every day. Those who are comfortable with the CODE RED warning are in the minority.
It is extremely important that the BZA and the residents of the region hear about the strong and widespread support for wind power in this region. Sign up to speak when you arrive. You can also send your comments by email to: [email protected]