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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau have announced that BOEM will hold its second competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The auction, scheduled to take place on September 4, will offer nearly 112,800 acres offshore Virginia for commercial wind energy leasing. Under the terms of the Final Sale Notice, the wind energy area offshore Virginia will be auctioned as a single lease. The area is located 23.5 nautical miles from the Virginia Beach coastline and has the potential to support more than 2,000MW of wind generation. The area, composed of 19 full OCS blocks and 13 sub-blocks, was selected after intensive work with the Commonwealth and stakeholders to avoid existing uses of the OCS offshore Virginia. The following companies are eligible to participate: Apex Virginia Offshore Wind, LLC, Virginia Electric and Power Company (Dominion Virginia Power), Energy Management, Inc., EDF Renewable Development, Inc., Fisherman’s Energy, LLC, Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., Sea Breeze Energy, LLC and Orisol Energy U.S., Inc.
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