Special boat arrives in Va. Beach to begin new off-shore wind project

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 1:02 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- There is something lurking in the waters off Croatan Beach. 

It’s a 110-foot long boat which will be visible for the next week and a half. 

The boat will be collecting samples from the ocean floor to help Dominion Virginia Power research where to build two off-shore wind turbines in the future.

"Just this project with two wind turbines will bring $100 million into the economy and about 100 new jobs so this is a win-win for the environment and the economy and our customers," said Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris. 

Croatan resident Mike Moore said building turbines is a good idea, especially for the environment.

“If it could provide an alternate source of energy for the future it might be beneficial,” Moore stated.  

Other Croatan residents have mixed feelings about the turbines. 

"From an energy conservation, efficient energy use it’s a good thing…no fossil fuels, nor air pollution.”  said Jim Richards. He says he's a bit worried, “[Will it] have an impact on the our housing values and also the view. We came here to have a view of the ocean and we want to have that pretty view.”

 Right now plans to build the turbines are scheduled for the year 2017.

 

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