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Advocates Welcome VA Offshore Wind 'Milestone'

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell and environmental advocates are calling the auction of a leasing area off Virginia's coast for the development of wind power a milestone.
    
The federal government scheduled the Sept. 4 auction on Monday. Eight energy companies are expected to bid on the 112,800-acre leasing area set aside for the development off wind farms.
    
McDonnell calls the auction an "exciting and significant" step while the group Oceana calls it a milestone in the development of a new energy industry in the U.S.
    
The Sierra Club's Virginia chapter says wind farms and other clean energy initiatives are needed to combat the impacts of climate change.

 

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