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8/17/18  5:10 pm
Commenter: Catherine Haigney

2018 Virginia Energy Plan Comment

I support onshore wind development for the Commonwealth and urge its inclusion in the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan.   Clean  renewable energy is an economic boon to Vrginians, makes us more resilient facing extreme weather, and secures clean air/water.  It is safer and cheaper than all fossil fuel alternatives.

Virginia has an opportunity to be a national renewable energy leader, and onshore wind energy is an integral part of the plan. In addition to providing clean energy, onshore wind development provides significant job creation through construction, as well as steady, long-term revenue to local counties.  

Southwest Virginia stands to greatly benefit from these investments in particular—especially in communities that are experiencing downward economic pressures. Onshore wind resources will provide a huge financial boost that can help fund schools, roadways, emergency services, and other public amenities.

The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan should recognize the Commonwealth’s unique regional strengths and opportunities and develop a plan that benefits all Virginians.

For these reasons, the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan must provide a strategic vision that includes onshore wind development. Thank you for your consideration.

Catherine Haigney
3745 Grenville Dr
Charlottesville, VA 22903