RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Wind farms won't be sprouting off Virginia's coast anytime soon.
Federal energy officials say the earliest offshore commercial wind development will occur would likely be 2022 or years later.
The long lead time was outlined Thursday at a meeting in suburban Richmond sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Energy developers, environmentalists, consultants and others came to the meeting to learn about the development of wind power 27 miles off Virginia Beach.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that getting the required permits to build towering wind turbines could take seven years alone.
Dominion Resources Inc. is among the energy companies seeking to develop wind farms in a vast track of ocean off Virginia's coast.
No wind turbines are currently making electricity in U.S. offshore waters.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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