Feds open 113,000 acres off Virginia Beach to wind farms.

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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Thursday that wind farms off the Virginia coast posed no significant socioeconomic or environmental threats, the Daily Press reported. “Offshore wind holds incredible potential for our country,” Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar, who has promised to reduce regulatory hurdles said. The BOEM opened a 45-day window for energy companies to express interest in a 113,000 acre zone located 24 miles off of Virginia Beach.