Panel OKS 5-megawatt offshore wind turbine
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.