Wind Energy Site Could Soon Be Leased Off Virginia Coast

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The Federal government announced last week that it could begin leasing sites off the coasts of Virginia and three other states for wind energy development by the end of the year, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

offshore_wind_farmThe Virginia site is located roughly 20 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and stretches over 165 square nautical miles.

the pilot reports that a total of 746 square nautical miles has been identified for development off the coasts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Similar sites off the coasts of New England states such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be revealed next month while locations off  of the southern seaboard states will be announced this spring.

There's a potential 94 gigawatts of wind energy off Virginia's coast, just a tenth of which could power 3 million homes, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

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