"US OKs Offshore Wind Research Facility Off Virginia’s Coast"

"RICHMOND, Va. — The development of offshore wind farms took another halting step forward Thursday with the federal approval of a research facility off Virginia’s coast to test wind turbines in a harsh open seas environment.

The decision clears the way for the construction of two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off Virginia Beach on the outer continental shelf, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper said in a statement. The agency approved a research lease with the state last year.

The twin turbines would generate enough electricity to power 3,000 homes, according to the statement."

Steve Szkotak reports for the Associated Press March 25, 2016.

Source: AP, 03/29/2016