Virginia has a massive energy source sitting just offshore

This opinion piece was written by Katharine Kollins, president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, a nonprofit working to advance the wind industry.

Virginians are sitting on a massive economic opportunity — they just may need a little help getting to it.

In April, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an Energy Department science lab associated with 13 Nobel prizes, published a report trying to quantify the value offshore wind would have provided to the East Coast from 2007 to 2016 had it been built. The study, “Estimating the Value of Offshore Wind Along the United States’ Eastern Coast,” combines the value of energy generated, capacity value and renewable-energy certificates to calculate the “market value” of offshore wind on many points along the East Coast.

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