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Va. environmentalists urge wind power speedup

Thursday - 3/15/2012, 5:50am  ET

Jobs could be lost if Dominion doesn't act

WTOP's Hank Silverberg reports.

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RICHMOND, Va. - Environmentalists are urging Dominion Virginia Power to speed up development of offshore wind power.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network says environmental leaders delivered a petition containing the signatures of more than 10,000 Virginians to the company's headquarters in Richmond on Wednesday. The petition supports an aggressive development of offshore wind power.

Leaders of the group and the Sierra Club's Virginia chapter say a potential 2,400 megawatts of electricity could be generated by wind turbines in the 112,799 acres off Virginia's coast identified by the federal government for lease sale.

Dominion Virginia Power said in February that it's interested in building up to 400 wind turbines in Atlantic waters. But keeping costs down will be the challenge.


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