VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Energy providers, advocates and policymakers are gathering in Virginia Beach for a three-day conference on offshore windpower.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Tommy Beaudreau, are the featured speakers Tuesday at the Offshore Windpower Conference and Exhibition, which runs through Thursday.
Advocates of offshore winds have said the industry could create a new industrial base and thousands of jobs in Hampton Roads. Proponents say Virginia has relatively shallow offshore waters and strong winds that make the industry a good fit for the state.
To help move along the green energy, Virginia is hoping to study the ocean floor and establish platforms offshore to monitor wind speeds, bird activity and other factors that are critical to the development off an offshore wind industry.