Moran Statement on Offshore Wind Energy Announcement

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    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, released the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s announcement to move forward on East Coast wind energy production:

    “I welcome the announcement from Secretary Salazar, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Obama Administration that the United States is moving forward on wind energy production off the Eastern shoreline, having cleared the environmental review process.  

    “Virginia can and should be a national leader in wind power and today’s announcement brings us one step closer to that goal. The Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium found that there are approximately 3,200 megawatts of offshore wind farm capacity that could generate about 11 million megawatt-hours per year, enough to meet approximately 10 percent of Virginia ‘s annual electricity consumption.

    “I hope members of both parties will join this effort to promote wind energy and thus reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels.”