Panel OKS 5-megawatt off­shore wind tur­bine

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A Virginia com­mis­sion has paved the way for con­struc­tion of a 5-megawatt wind gen­er­a­tor pro­to­type 3 miles off the town of Cape Charles, which would be the coun­try’s first off­shore wind en­ergy tur­bine.

The pro­to­type would last 20 years or more, and its pur­pose is to ad­vance the demon­stra­tion of new off­shore tech­nol­ogy of Gamesa En­ergy USA LLC, de­signed for world­wide en­vi­ron­ments. The project must now be ap­proved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and re­viewed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The tur­bine is not in­tended as a ma­jor en­ergy re­source, but should im­prove lo­cal air qual­ity, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice of Gov. Bob Mcdon­nell, a Re­pub­li­can.

Mary­land Gov. Martin O’mal­ley, a Demo­crat, is tak­ing a sec­ond crack at get­ting leg­is­la­tion through the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly this year, al­beit on a sig­nif­i­cantly larger scale than Virginia.

The leg­is­la­tion would al­low wind en­ergy firms to set up tur­bines off the East­ern Shore and sell re­new­able en­ergy cred­its to in-state en­ergy com­pa­nies.

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