Dominion and BP Wind Energy North America Inc. are evaluating wind energy projects in Tazewell and Wise counties, Va. Both projects would be subject to all applicable local, state and federal permits and approvals. The exact size of each project and scope of economic benefits have not been determined.
‘This is a small but important step for Virginia's nascent wind industry – an industry whose roots must grow stronger if the state is to achieve its renewable energy goals,’ says Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion's chairman, president and CEO.
These potential wind farms in Tazewell and Wise counties would be developed by Dominion's Virginia electric utility subsidiary and BP Wind Energy North America Inc. Earlier this month, Dominion's Virginia electric utility subsidiary and BP Wind Energy purchased about 2,560 acres of land in Tazewell County.
In addition to the joint venture in Virginia, Dominion and BP are partners in 650 MW of the 750 MW Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Benton County, Ind.