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Virginia looking to offshore wind power

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Virginia is establishing a task force to facilitate off-shore leasing for wind-powered energy.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has sent a letter to the director of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service to develop a local, state and federal task force to guide the leasing process. Kaine said offshore wind developers have contacted the state with interest in leasing federal waters off Virginia’s coast to develop wind power.

“There is great potential for offshore wind development not just off the coast of Virginia but all along the Eastern Seaboard,” Kaine said in a statement.  “With the great resources in the Hampton Roads region, Virginia has the added potential to be the manufacturing and economic center for this burgeoning green industry.”

Developing wind power is part of Kaine’s Virginia Energy Plan and among recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change.


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