Virginia joins Atlantic offshore wind energy consortium

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Gov. Bob McDonnell and governors from nine states have signed an agreement with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to take a regional approach to wind energy development on the East Coast.

The memorandum of understanding creates the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium.  The group will promote federal-state partnerships to create recommendations and steps necessary to achieve commercial wind development off the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

In addition to Virginia, governors from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina joined the consortium.

The Interior’s new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will oversee wind development off the East Coast.

The secretary has also chosen to open a regional renewable energy office in Virginia that will facilitate the development of wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy off the East Coast.

“In another testament to Virginia’s pro-energy, pro-business climate, the secretary has chosen to locate a new regional renewable energy office in the commonwealth,” McDonnell said in a statement.

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