Under Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia has seen a rapid growth of its renewable energy market, particularly with solar energy development. With the upcoming gubernatorial election, it has been unclear how much support renewable growth will continue to receive from Richmond; While Democratic candidate Ralph Northam is committed to the status quo set up by McAuliffe, Republican Ed Gillespie has been silent on renewables – his campaign site only touts a desire to work with the White House in promoting the use of fossil fuel resources.
Earlier this week, Virginia expanded into a new frontier of renewables with the announcement of an offshore wind farm. While this technology has proven successful in Europe, it is largely untested in North America. Not surprisingly, Gov. McAuliffe was quick to voice his support. Raising eyebrows, so did Ed Gillespie. In a statement, the Republican candidate said the following:
“These new turbines are further proof that renewable energy is becoming increasingly reliable and affordable, and as governor I’ll work to expand the production of all safe, reliable and affordable sources of energy in Virginia.”