Virginia's East Coast Advantage

Virginia’s Hampton Roads region offers a number of unique competitive advantages over other offshore wind business locations on the East Coast. The Virginia Offshore Wind Team is working with BVG Associates on an opportunity analysis to illustrate Virginia’s existing advantages, which will assist offshore wind supply chain companies and other decision makers in their due diligence process. This analysis will articulate why Virginia offers the greatest chance for business success and low exposure to risk. It will also define factors important to industry and decision makers and address how Virginia can demonstrate that it is the location of choice for the offshore wind supply chain. Virginia’s Offshore Wind Advantages.

“Hampton Roads’ unmatched port infrastructure and high-quality maritime workforce make the region an ideal location for offshore wind energy development. Virginia should be the prime location for the offshore wind industry, from the supply chain to the full build-out of our offshore wind assets off the coast.”
— Governor Ralph Northam
2018031 Budbet Rollout 1500x1000.jpg

Pro-Business Climate

CNBC ranks Virginia as the fourth top state in the nation and the first on the East Coast for business. Virginia leads the way in education and workforce development to support its thriving economy.

DongGOWWKAa003 - 1500x1000.jpg

Strategic Geographic Location

With commercial offshore wind leases located off the coasts of NJ, DE, MD, VA, and NC at a travel time of less than 20 hours by installation vessels traveling at 10 knots, Virginia’s port assets are strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic with direct open access.

10379-041 - 1500x1000.jpg

Unmatched Port Infrastructure

As the second largest on the East Coast in tonnage and the third largest in container volume, Virginia’s ports have the ability to handle any type of cargo. Virginia is one of the few states offering “plug in and play” port facilities to the supply chain.

Deeper Wider Safer - 1500x1000.jpg

Congestion-Free Navigation

Hampton Roads enjoys open shipping channels and navigational flexibility eliminating maritime congestion as a concern. The Port of Virginia is the deepest port on the East Coast and recently gained approval for a dredging project will take the channels to 55 feet deep and widen them in select areas to allow for two-way traffic of ultra-large containerships.

20180707 Budget Bill Signing - 1500x1000.jpg

Progressive Energy Policy Stance

In a bipartisan fashion, Virginia’s legislature passed the Grid Transformation and Security Act in 2018, which deems 5,000 MW of solar and wind energy generation to be in the public interest.

Norfolk Harbor 3 - 1500x1000.jpg

Unrestricted Air Draft Waterways

Virginia port facilities have direct access to sea with no overhead obstacles to impede the shipping of large and upright infrastructure and components, an advantage that differentiates it from every other East Coast state.

GOW_piling_a_077 - 1500x1000.jpg

High-Quality Maritime Workforce

Hampton Roads boasts a civilian and military maritime labor force unmatched by any other East Coast state. Its proximity to the largest naval base in the world presents the opportunity to hire retiring military personnel for high-skilled offshore wind jobs.

10563-041 - 1500x1000.jpg

Abundant Waterfront Land and Infrastructure

Virginia’s ports offer existing dock capacity and ample on-water marshaling areas. The Virginia coastline is geographically rich with waterfront properties and development or redevelopment opportunities.

BVGA monopile - 1500x1000.jpg

America’s Largest Shipbuilding Industry

Hampton Roads is home to the largest shipbuilding market in the United States. This provides numerous advantages in existing physical and workforce assets. Unmatched infrastructure and workforce resources for design, construction and maintenance of vessel and other marine infrastructure are well developed, diverse and flexible — including capacity for the construction of new specialized vessel and modification of existing vessels.

Hampton Roads.JPG

Virginia’s Offshore Wind Advantages

Home to the 2nd largest port on the East Coast of the U.S. - Port of Virginia - with authorization for 55-foot depth channels, along with, close proximity to BOEM Wind Planning and Lease Areas