Highland County Wind Energy

By: Mary Pulley Email
By: Mary Pulley Email

Some Highland County residents are opposing a wind energy plan and say they don't want the turbines in their county. While some are against the plan, some feel this could make a major difference in the community.

In hopes of keeping the wind turbines from being built in their area, some residents opposed to the plan have signed petitions against it. Others are saying it would be a big improvement.

The Virginia Supreme Court has given the project the green light, but the plan has not yet been finalized. The plan still needs approval by the State Corporation Commission. However, one Highland County supervisor is already looking forward to it.

Jerry Rexrode says, "This particular site is one of the best in the state. I know there's been controversy, by county residents opposed to it, and residents for it. I'm glad to see the supreme court finally make a ruling; was very pleased with the ruling."

And County Administrator Roberta Lambert says, "I think the turbines coming here in other areas that we looked at, it has helped to increase tourism. It has brought more people to the area. We did not find that it effected property values, and it will bring revenues to the county, particularly through the real estate taxes."

Both say most of the people opposing the plan are against the project because they are misinformed. They also say they've done a lot of research and there's a big misconception that everyone in Highland County is opposed to the plan they themselves hope will add more than just green energy to their community.

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