The area being considered for wind power development off Virginia’s coast is larger than what’s proposed in Delaware and Maryland.
According to documents filed with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the zone off Virginia Beach is 140,000 acres, about the size of Hampton and Poquoson combined.
That’s more than what’s proposed off the coasts of Delaware and Maryland — 104,000 acres and 79,000 acres, respectively — but less than New Jersey, which may lease up to 350,000 acres.
The Virginia zone is subject to change; many interests, including the shipping industry, military and NASA, are evaluating it and are expected to offer input as energy companies work to place turbines off the coast.
The Obama administration is expected to announce lease sales along the Atlantic coast within the next few months.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun