Dominion interested in Va offshore wind generation
posted Mar 19 2012 2:48PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is telling the federal government that it's interested in leasing areas off the coast of Virginia to develop wind energy.
The state's largest electric provider on Monday filed comments with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expressing its interest in offshore wind generation.
Richmond-based Dominion says the leases have the potential of generating between 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind turbines.
The company expressed its interest in the entire 113,000 acres the government is making available about 24 miles off the Virginia coast.
Dominion has previously expressed interest in building up to 400 wind turbines in Atlantic waters, but cautioned that keeping costs down will be the challenge.
If awarded a federal lease, any Dominion project would be subject to approval by Virginia regulators.