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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 28, 2013 1:16 AM Flag

    Obama Administration Moves Virginia Offshore Wind Energy Forward

    Obama Administration Moves Virginia Offshore Wind Energy Forward

    July 23rd, 2013 › Offshore Wind › Guest Post ›

    Originally posted on the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Promise blog by Amber Hewett on July 22, 2012. Reposted with permission from NWF with our gratitude.

    An announcement this morning gives an important boost to offshore wind energy development, and demonstrates exactly the kind of leadership we hoped would follow President Obama’s climate speech last month. The president called for the expansion of renewable energy projects on public lands and waters, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wasted no time in following through on her piece of the Administration’s climate strategy. Just over a week away from the first-ever renewable energy lease sale on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, Secretary Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have scheduled another – this time, in Virginia.

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    Virginia's Offshore Wind Energy Area

    On September 4, the Bureau will hold a competitive auction for a designated 112,800 acre wind energy area off the coast of Virginia. Secretary Jewell and Bureau Director Tommy Beaudreau clearly recognize the great potential off our Atlantic shores and intend to lead us toward harnessing this clean and unlimited source of energy. NWF welcomes this news, and will continue to work with both state and federal agencies to ensure that our treasured coastal and marine wildlife are protected as this process moves forward to bring much needed clean energy online for Virginia.

    “The competitive lease sale offshore Virginia will mark an important transition from planning to action when it comes to capturing the enormous clean energy potential offered by Atlantic wind,” said Jewell. “Responsible commercial wind energy development has the potential to create jobs, increase our energy security, and strengthen our nation’s competitiveness.”

    This is great news for our national energy future, and this is espec

 
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