Dec 01, 2009
Virginia has one of the best sites in the world for offshore wind. A shallow outer continental shelf extending many miles out, combined with ample Class 5 (excellent) and 6 (outstanding) wind resources, means we could potentially meet 100% of our total energy demand from offshore wind turbines.
Wind is a clean, renewable resource. Unlike coal, oil, gas and uranium, offshore wind is a clean, renewable energy source, which can help Virginia meet its renewable energy targets. Offshore wind turbines emit no air pollution and don’t foul our rivers; they pose no risk of mercury poisoning; they do not cause asthma or other lung ailments. They require no mountaintop removal coal mining, produce no radioactive waste, do not spill toxic sludge onto our beaches, and do not consume scarce fresh water resources for washing coal or cooling