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Virginia moves forward with offshore wind project

Plans have been announced for construction of a wind energy demonstration project off the coast of Virginia.

Governor Ralph Northam said that Dominion Energy is filing for approval to proceed with construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project. Dominion Energy is partnering with Denmark-based Ørsted to build the project, consisting of two 6MW wind turbines located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Ørsted has appointed the research vessel Gerry Bordelonto to conduct geophysical studies of the proposed sites for the two turbines, searching for obstructions on the sea floor that could potentially impede construction activities.

“The announcement today represents a significant step toward harnessing Virginia’s offshore wind energy resource and the many important economic benefits that this industry will bring to our Commonwealth,” said Northam. “This offshore wind demonstration project will provide critical information to stakeholders and will position Virginia as a leader as we work to attract job opportunities in the offshore wind supply chain and service industries.”

This project - the first wind energy construction project in Virginia waters – would be located within 2,135 acres leased by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy (DMME). DMME has the only research lease for offshore renewable energy awarded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

“Today’s announcement further affirms our commitment to a new era of clean, renewable energy for the Commonwealth,” said Thomas F Farrell, II, Dominion Energy’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are truly excited to bring offshore wind to Virginians for the first time.”

The information gathered is seen as being applicable to future commercial scale development; the aim is for it help create the expertise that will ultimately lower energy costs. The facility is expected to start generating emissions-free energy by 2020.

Thomas Brostrøm, Ørsted’s North American president, said: “This project will provide us vital experience in constructing an offshore wind project in the United States and serve as a stepping stone to a larger commercial-scale partnership between our companies in the future. We see the tremendous potential in the Mid-Atlantic for emission-free, renewable wind generation and we are excited to help the Commonwealth in reaping the benefits of wind power.”


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This article was published on 7 Aug 2018 (last updated on 7 Aug 2018).

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