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Virginia offshore wind

Here is some very good news for a change.

Virginia’s first offshore wind turbines promise jobs and clean power. They won’t come cheap

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, looks over one of two offshore wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach on Monday. (Steve Helber/AP)

By Gregory S. Schneider
June 30, 2020
Washington Post

"ATLANTIC OCEAN, NEAR VIRGINIA BEACH — The boat had just lost sight of land when two delicate shapes appeared on the horizon, like needles sprouting from the sea. As the boat got closer, they seemed to grow — and grow — until they towered above passing container ships.

Two wind turbines now rise higher than the Washington Monument off the coast of Virginia Beach, $300 million down payments on what state officials wager will be a new industry and a source of clean energy for the future.

The last 253-foot blade was attached to one of the turbines Friday by contractors for Dominion Energy, Virginia’s biggest utility and the owner of the project. On Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed laws creating a state Office of Offshore Wind and setting a mandate for 5,200 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2034..."
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