VIRGINIA BEACH — City leaders have sunk an offshore wind energy company’s plan to bring high-voltage cables through a beachfront neighborhood, at least for now.
Avangrid Renewables plans to build the Kitty Hawk Wind Offshore Wind Project in federal waters 27 miles off the North Carolina coast. The company wanted to bring transmission cables ashore in Sandbridge, a residential and tourist beach community about 15 miles south of Virginia Beach’s resort area.
City leaders announced this week that they met with Avangrid officials to inform them there is not support for the Sandbridge landing, given the amount of community pushback.
Members of the Sandbridge Civic League have vehemently opposed the project, citing concerns about potential safety and health hazards. A group of citizens opposing the landfall formed Protect Sandbridge Beach Coalition to their voice concerns.