DC Circuit to hear battle over Virginia offshore wind

By Pamela King | 06/07/2024 06:35 AM EDT

A lower court rejected claims that a Dominion wind farm would harm endangered whales.

Wind turbines.

Wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Steve Helber/AP

Critics of an offshore wind farm in Virginia are taking their fight against the project to a powerful federal appeals court.

In a Wednesday filing, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Heartland Institute, and National Legal and Policy Center said they are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reverse a May ruling that denied their bid to block a 176-turbine Dominion Energy wind project off the coast of Virginia Beach.

A lower court found that the challengers had failed to show that they would face irreparable harm if the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind commercial project moved forward.

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Dominion has already begun work on the project, the largest of its kind in the United States. The company expects to complete construction in 2026, and the project is designed to provide enough electricity to power 660,000 homes.

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