Apr 23, 3:59 PM EDT

Dominion putting on hold offshore Va. wind test project, cites unexpectedly high cost

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Two test wind turbines that were to rise off Virginia Beach are being put on hold by Dominion Virginia Power.

A spokesman for the utility tells The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/1d5GY6k ) the project is too costly, with an estimated price tag of between $375 million and $400 million. Dominion had estimated their cost at about $230 million.

Dominion and its partners are forming a task force to look at ways to bring down the costs.

The pilot project was scheduled to be up and running by 2017.

Critics say the Dominion decision confirms their skepticism of Dominion's commitment to developing wind farms off the coast.

Dominion successfully bid on an expanse of ocean off Virginia Beach to develop one of the nation's first offshore wind farms.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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