Kit Kennedy, Clean Energy Counsel at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said offshore power holds the promise of clean energy that could also provide jobs, but it would watch the process carefully to make sure the environment is protected.
Dominion's Doswell said absent tax credits, power generated by towering wind turbines costs about 28 cents per kilowatt hour, while the state's largest electric utility's rates are now in the range of 11 to 12 cents per kilowatt hour.
"So that's what we're battling," Doswell said. "Wind is a great resource and you can do it with scale, but we've got to work on this cost equation."
Associated Press writers Steve Szkotak in Richmond and Geoff Mulvihill in Haddonfield, N.J., contributed to this report..
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