In case you missed the news, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that his state “plans to build enough offshore wind capacity by 2030 to power 1.25 million New York homes, starting with a 90-megawatt project 30 miles off Montauk on Long Island’s South Fork.”
So why isn’t Virginia doing this, even though we have massive offshore wind power resources, likely enough to power the entire state (note: on this topic, Gov. McAuliffe should go back and read his “big ideas” paper on energy from his 2009 gubernatorial campaign; he should also note that the cost of offshore wind has PLUMMETED since then and is likely to continue falling for the indefinite future)? Simple answer: Dominion Power and its bought-and-paid/”captured” for legislature, regulatory agencies, etc. The long answer? See the simple answer, basically, plus add in a lack of willingness by our “leaders” to tell Dominion where to shove it.