Wind Energy Forum

The positive and negatives sides of the proposed wind farm in Highland County were on display Tuesday night.

The Shenandoah Group of the Sierra Club sponsored a wind energy forum at Clementine's in downtown Harrisonburg.

Highland County has been granted approval to put in 19 wind turbines. An attorney representing the wind turbine developer said the proposal is a good idea, but there has been a lot of government red tape to get through.

However, a scientist from the University of Virginia said wind energy can't provide the capacity needed in the United States.

The speakers also took questions from the audience.

"It's a very complicated issue," says Ralph Grove, Sierra Club. "There's a lot to balance in this question: the local community, the energy needs for the state, wildlife. I don't have the answer, and I'm not sure anyone else here feels that he or she has the right answer."

Highland County's wind turbine project will be allowed to proceed only if the developer works to limit the effects the turbines would have on birds and bats.


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