Virginia Examines Potential for Wind Power Development

May 03, 2003

The Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative held a one-day workshop March 21st on utility-scale wind power to address the economic and community benefits of wind power development, the potential demand for clean wind energy, the potential impacts on bird populations, and other economic and environmental issues and concerns.

Several other Mid-Atlantic States already have operating wind power installations or are in some stage of development. "Virginia is receiving much interest from commercial wind power developers," said Ken Jurman, Renewable Energy Program Manager at the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. "Virginia is poised to become the next state to reap the economic benefits wind power has to offer," Jurman said.

The workshop was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America program. Visit the Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative.