Virginia governor wants strategic plan to boost offshore wind

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says it is looking for advice on how to make the state more attractive to offshore wind power.

Northam’s office announced Tuesday that the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is seeking a contract to provide a strategic plan to make Virginia an east coast hub for the offshore wind energy industry.

Virginia currently doesn’t have any offshore turbines.

Dominion Energy is working on two offshore wind turbines that are part of a pilot program the state’s largest utility says could eventually lead to the development of a much larger wind farm.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission will review the plan to determine whether it is reasonable and in the public interest.

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