Conservation Groups Urge Full Development of Virginia Offshore Wind Energy Area
In a step forward for offshore wind energy development, today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of Interior announced it will lease approximately 113,000 acres off the coast of Virginia for commercial wind energy development.
Conservation groups, who have pushed for development of this clean energy resource, strongly support the Department of Interior lease sale, which will be held on September 4. The wind energy area, around 23.5 nautical miles off of Virginia Beach, has the potential to produce more than 2,000 MW of clean power.
Energy Platform for Candidates
The next two to four years will be critical in shaping the future of our Commonwealth and this is particularly true in terms of energy policy. The decisions made by the next Governor, Attorney General and members of the General Assembly, about how we use, conserve and develop our energy resources will have profound impacts on our cost of living and quality of life for decades to come. These decisions will also have critical impacts for healthy air, clean water, and the preservation of Virginia’s most iconic places. VCN is encouraging each candidate to include some or all of our policy recommendations into their platforms. [Energy Policy Platform]