CALL TO ACTION
We have become aware that the State of Virginia Senate Bill 567 and the House of Delegates House Bill 636 have been introduced into Committees allowing for developers of solar, onshore and offshore wind to bypass the local review process. The Virginia Beach City Council unanimously agreed not to further consider Avangrid’s proposal to land high voltage cables onto Sandbridge Beach, and these bills could override their decision.
The City of Virginia Beach acted within the authority granted by the Virginia Constitution and in accordance with the City Charter approved by the General Assembly. There is no compelling reason for the state to override the actions of the City Council and the will of the Virginia Beach citizenry, particularly at the behest of a single company. If you agree, please click below to view instructions, legislator's contacts (Committe Members deciding this issue), and our letter to the Senate and House Delegates. Thank you!
Let's Set the Record Straight
Whats The Issue?
Sandbridge Beach is a pristine and unspoiled beach community adjacent to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is a popular vacation spot for over 200,000 people each year and it is home for those who have sought out the beauty, recreation and close-knit community it has to offer.
Avangrid Renewables proposes to land cables carrying 3.5 gigawatts of electricity into the heart of this community and from there run 18 high voltage transmission lines through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, adjacent communities and local businesses along the 6 mile cable route.
We believe there are better alternatives.
Why Are We Opposed?
Significant unanswered questions remain, potentially jeopardizing future economic benefits, ecosystems, and recreation for all Virginia Beach residents, without substantiated benefits. Accurate and verifiable information and a transparent public process are essential to ensure an informed decision and responsible stewardship for the future of our coast and our communities.