Washington, D.C. — Offshore wind companies will bid today in the second competitive auction in America for an area off our coasts to develop offshore wind energy. The area being auctioned is off the coast of Virginia and could generate enough wind energy to power about 700,000 homes. The first U.S. competitive auction for an offshore wind energy area, a huge milestone in clean energy in America, was held in late July for areas off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island that could power more than 1 million homes. Environment America’s Clean Energy Program Director, Rob Sargent, released the following statement in response:
“There is tremendous potential up and down our coasts for producing clean, pollution-free offshore wind energy. With the Obama administration’s leadership, we are hitting important benchmarks in making this vision a reality.
“Responsibly harnessing the power of the wind blowing off our coasts is critical for cutting pollution, and repowering America with clean, renewable energy. We are thrilled with this progress and look forward to continued action from the Obama administration so all Americans can start reaping the benefits of pollution-free offshore wind power.”