What Can I Do For Wind Energy?
Have a Wind Turbine?
- Tell us about your turbine – manufacturer, generating capacity, height, performance, who installed it, your experience- we can put it on our map with other turbines in Virginia and will give us an estimate of how much wind there really is in Virginia.
- Tell others about your turbine! Talk to them about your experiences and the reasoning and process you went through to get one.
Don't Have a Wind Turbine?
- Contact CWE if you want to inquire about getting a turbine
- Measure the wind - Apply for our SBALP program
- Ask questions of our county!
Use Less Energy
- Practice energy conservation and be more efficient with your energy use. If you don’t have a windy area you can still make a positive impact on the environment.
- Generate with renewables- Consider whether wind energy or solar PV or solar thermal hot water may be beneficial for your household.
- Buy ‘green’ energy (if offered). Some electricity providers provide an option to purchase renewable energy for (usually) a few additional cents per kilowatt hour used.
Get and Give the Facts
- Like us on Facebook to get updates on things going on in the wind industry
- Ask questions
- Learn all you can - from reputable sources
- Fact sheets
- Online tools
- Join the State Wind Outreach Team at the CWE to share your knowledge with others
- Write an editorial in your local paper
Start Talking to Your Country
- If your county has a restrictive ordinance or no ordinance at all – be proactive! Virginia has model wind ordinances for every scale - Visit our local planning page to learn more.
- Consult the DSIRE website to find out what kind of incentives and ordinances are in place in your area.
- Learn more about the components of an ordinance:
- Height restrictions
- Share the VRS3 tool with your county officials to identify areas for wind energy development in your area
Write to Your Elected Officials
- Urge them to work with the Bureau of Land Management to find common areas for wind turbines on federal lands
- Encourage them to support a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
- Express your support for renewable energy development in Virginia and the U.S.
AWEA's Guide to Wind Power Advocacy
- Subscribe to elected officials' newsletters
- Contact elected officials; meet with elected officials
- Invite elected officials to tour a wind farm or wind energy manufacturing facility
- Write editorials and letters to the editor
- Attend town hall meetings
- Vote for elected officials who support wind energy
- Learn more!
Get Involved with the CWE!
- Visit our Facebook Page to ask questions, give feedback, see current events and project photos, and stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Center and with wind energy throughout Virginia!
- Join our LinkedIn Group to engage in discussions, participate in polls, read current articles, and ask questions!
- Skype us via VACenterforWindEnergy to ask questions or just chat with us!