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Virginia Wesleyan University reviews Kitty Hawk Wind EMF study
The review was commissioned by the VA Beach Economic Development.
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To view the full EMF Study done by Tetra Tech please visit our Resources Tab>Kitty Hawk Documents
Kitty Hawk Wind is an offshore wind project proposed more than 36 miles from Virginia Beach and 27 miles off coast of Outer Banks in federal waters.
The site was defined through careful planning and review by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The Wind Energy Area (WEA) is 200 square miles and was selected to minimize impacts to other users of the ocean (such as the military, commercial and recreational fishing, and shipping industries) as well as to minimize impacts to the marine environment and coastal communities. BOEM conducted an Environmental Assessment of the WEA and issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact," concluding that the environmental effects associated with offshore wind development and operation would not significantly impact the environment. Additionally, the project will provide considerable economic benefits to the region during construction and throughout the project's lifetime. More information on the lease can be found on BOEM's website here.
Avangrid began the process of studying the WEA in detail after acquiring the lease in 2017. Initial indications are that the WEA has the potential to yield around 3,500 megawatts (MW), enough energy to power approximately 1 Million homes. The design, construction, and operation of the offshore wind project is being refined.
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