Apex Clean Energy is in the early stages of developing an 80-megawatt wind farm in Virginia, according to the company. The wind farm could include as many as 25 wind turbines and, would be completed in 2017 or 2018. Botetourt County, Va., officials are working on turbine placement and construction regulations for the project.
Alternative Energy & Environmental Solutions, headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C., has signed a letter of intent to purchase BioTechPharma, an Arlington, Va.-based developer of drug monitoring and diagnostic products used for detecting infectious diseases and other health conditions.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently presented the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which emphasizes renewable energy development and provides details on state biofuel production and bioenergy technologies. The plan focuses on "growing our energy economy (particularly in the renewable sector), emphasizing energy conservation, strengthening our energy infrastructure and training the workforce we need for the future," McAuliffe said in a statement.
The Manassas, Va., City Council and Mayor Harry Parrish have hired William Patrick Pate as city manager. Pate, assistant city manager of High Point, N.C., since 1999, will join Manassas in late October.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he still supports plans to open his state to offshore-drilling projects. The governor said that the rig blast and oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico show the risks involved, but he still wants to turn the state into the "energy capital of the East Coast" by welcoming development of oil and gas.