The Virginia Offshore Wind Conference gets underway in Virginia Beach Wednesday. More than 60 panelists are expected to take part, including federal and state officials, along with private-sector proponents of offshore wind energy.
Organizers say the conference will give them an opportunity to identify barriers to securing financing for offshore wind facilities and to talk about issues related to building them. They also say the meeting gives stakeholders a chance to start coming up with solutions to any problems.
Those who favor developing wind technology say favorable offshore conditions mean Virginia is well positioned to be a leader on this still emerging form of energy.
Virginia Rep. Rob Wittmann is one of those that would like to see Virginia as a clean energy hub. He recently introduced legislation that would streamline the planning and approval processes for offshore wind projects, which he says are unnecessarily burdened under the current regulations.