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Virginia Agency Seeks Offshore Wind Research Lease

(Recharge)

The US Interior Department (DOI) confirms that Virginia’s Department of Mines Minerals and Energy (DMME) has submitted a request for a lease to conduct wind research activities within a 456.4 sq km area off the state’s coast identified for commercial energy development.

Recharge reported in October that DMME’s application would cover installation of two meteorological and ocean monitoring platforms to collect data on wind velocities, water levels, waves, and bird and bat activities.

DMME says that wind direction will be measured at 10 heights above sea level using LIDAR, with a vendor model to be selected later. Having high-resolution velocity profile measurements at the two locations will provide quality validation points for numerical wind models, which are needed to hindcast extreme events such as hurricanes that turbines and towers must be designed to survive.

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