A swift and responsible transition to clean sources of energy is essential for protecting wildlife, habitat, and communities from the impacts of climate change. The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, which is found along Virginia shores and nests further south, is already suffering from our reliance on carbon-polluting fossil fuels. The Atlantic Ocean is home to enough offshore wind energy potential to replace fossil fuel-fired power plants all along the coast. Despite decades of technological advancement and installation of over 4,000 turbines in European waters, the U.S. is home to only five offshore wind turbines. Virginia has a key role to play in bringing this transformative clean energy solution to U.S. waters.
The National Wildlife Federation works closely with offshore wind developers, government officials, and conservation partners to ensure that the highest standards of wildlife protection are in place throughout every phase of the process as offshore wind power moves forward.
Virginia’s State Corporation Commission is currently considering approval of a two-turbine demonstration project approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. We need to send a loud and clear message before October 3rd that we support the responsible development of offshore wind power for Virginia!