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Va. offshore advocates seek to speed process

Wednesday - 7/24/2013, 5:48pm  ET

STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Advocates of wind power off Virginia's coast are working to hasten the construction of wind turbines that could supply power to 700,000 Virginia homes and at a price ratepayers can afford.

The Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority met Wednesday to discuss strategies to achieve those goals.

They include documenting wind speeds in an energy development area nearly 25 miles off Virginia Beach and mapping the contours of the ocean floor where turbines towering 700 feet from the ocean floor would be planted.

The meeting came two days after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management scheduled the Sept. 4 auction for energy companies to bid on a lease for a vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean set aside for wind farms.


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