The Department of the Interior is planning to hold the country's second competitive lease sale for offshore wind projects on Sept. 4. Almost 113,000 acres of submerged land in the waters of Virginia will be auctioned off, the department said. Eight firms have prequalified to participate in the auction, including the state's biggest utility, Dominion Virginia Power.
Health care systems in Virginia are urging people to complete advance directives and a POST, or Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment, which is a pilot program and not available everywhere. Under a state law, psychiatric advance directives allow the addition of mental health care planning.
Dominion Virginia Power has provided funding for research projects on offshore wind and solar energy by experts at Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University. The energy firm also selected ODU to join its Solar Partnership Program, which is designed to determine ways to link smaller, decentralized generation sites to its power grid. "It's relatively small installations around the state to see how they work with our grid," said Tom Kazas, a company spokesman.
Western Refining has sold an inactive refinery in Virginia, a pipeline segment in New Mexico and other assets to Plains All American Pipeline in a deal worth about $220 million. Plains has not announced any intention to reopen the refinery.
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and Gamesa Technologies have started work on a prototype offshore-wind turbine in Chesapeake, Va. The companies will develop the Gamesa G11X wind turbine, the first offshore turbine developed on this continent, said company spokesman David Rosenberg. Gamesa plans to install the first prototype by late 2012.