Spore: Quick action needed to capitalize on wind energy industry

Spore: Quick action needed to capitalize on wind energy industry

The bottom line is we need to urgently pursue a series of actions and adopt policy that will position Virginia and Hampton Roads to win the economic benefits in the development of the offshore wind supply chain.

Orsted: US offshore wind supply chain decisions coming soon

Orsted: US offshore wind supply chain decisions coming soon

Yet there are still more questions than answers regarding which components will be made on U.S. soil, which companies will make them, and where. New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia are all vying for a central role in the offshore wind supply chain. “What are you seeing is a cluster emerging in the Northeast, and there will probably be a cluster emerging in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Thomas Brostrøm, president of North America for Orsted, the world’s leading offshore wind developer.

Editorial: The future of energy blows through ODU

Editorial: The future of energy blows through ODU

On May 28, a coalition of groups — ODU, the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the ReInvent Hampton Roads — will host a forum about the future of offshore wind, featuring a panel discussion with many of the leaders working to transform those dreams into a tangible reality.

Editorial: Region joins rush to embrace wind energy

Editorial: Region joins rush to embrace wind energy

With a unanimous vote in support of developing offshore wind near Virginia’s coast, the city of Chesapeake took another step toward a better future, pledging its support for this practical type of renewable energy with real potential in this area. The cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission are among groups that have taken similar actions.

Upwind opportunity

Upwind opportunity

An influx of wind turbines is planned for the U.S. East Coast, and Virginia could be a key player in a supply chain producing these massive structures. 

Va offshore wind: A strong foundation

Va offshore wind: A strong foundation

Virginia officials have established a well-planned, extensive strategy to build out an offshore wind industry, including wind towers for electricity generation and the supply chain to support that extensive infrastructure and operations.

Eileen Woll: Leaders need to make sure offshore wind is 'made in Virginia'

Eileen Woll: Leaders need to make sure offshore wind is 'made in Virginia'

Offshore wind has the transformative power to reinvent Hampton Roads, allowing our community to evolve from being the poster child for sea level rise, to instead being best known for answering the climate crisis with an even bigger solution.

Ocean energy scientist honored for leadership role in offshore wind

Ocean energy scientist honored for leadership role in offshore wind

George Hagerman, a senior project scientist for the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University, recently received the 2018 Virginia Renewable Energy Leadership Award for his longtime work in offshore wind energy.

National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium adds additional states and developers to board of directors

National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium adds additional states and developers to board of directors

John Warren, Director, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy said, “Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is honored to serve the Consortium in advancing U.S. offshore wind. DMME holds the nation’s only research lease in Federal waters and activities enabled by the Consortium represent an exciting opportunity to put this valuable resource to work. Virginia also offers expertise and a deep history in marine-based research and development and looks forward to its role in helping implement Consortium strategies.”

Brian Ball: Time to seize Virginia's energy opportunity

Brian Ball: Time to seize Virginia's energy opportunity

The offshore wind industry offers significant economic potential for Virginia and for the entire the east coast. The federal Department of Energy estimates the industry could employ up to 40,000 people by 2030. With our low tax burden, highly skilled workforce and world class port infrastructure, Virginia is well-positioned to capture these economic benefits and become a hub for the offshore wind supply chain.

Paul Olsen: Region, ODU poised to harness wind-energy potential

Paul Olsen: Region, ODU poised to harness wind-energy potential

Offshore wind — and the ability to serve as a national-level power generation, distribution and logistical Atlantic coast hub for this market — is an opportunity that should not be missed. As we have done with port modernization and sea-level rise, ODU has the technical, logistical and academic expertise to leverage a group of public and private sector leaders to capture this potential.

Virginia has a 'roadmap' to lure the offshore wind industry

Virginia has a 'roadmap' to lure the offshore wind industry

Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing a plan for Virginia — and Hampton Roads — to become a supply chain and service hub for offshore wind energy development in the Atlantic. The plan is part of a “roadmap” that the governor’s office recently released on ways to attract investors, developers and manufacturers as the offshore wind industry gathers steam in the U.S.

Governor Northam releases report providing roadmap for the offshore wind supply chain

Governor Northam releases report providing roadmap for the offshore wind supply chain

Governor Ralph Northam released a report providing a roadmap for Virginia to develop an offshore wind supply chain to serve emerging offshore wind projects along the East Coast. The report analyzed Virginia’s potential strategic role in the rapidly emerging US offshore wind industry. The recommendations include establishing a regional supply chain collaborative with neighboring states, creating a Virginia Office for Offshore Wind, soliciting anchor tenant suppliers, and expanding workforce development opportunities.

Ross Tyler: When it comes to offshore wind in Virginia, smaller can be better - and more cost-effective

Ross Tyler: When it comes to offshore wind in Virginia, smaller can be better - and more cost-effective

So, what appears to be a high cost for the CVOW project actually paves the way for stable, lower costs as the much larger wind farms come online over the long haul. Last, let’s not forget the important benefits of economic development and thousands of high-skilled local jobs, and the mitigation of sea level rise and coastal storm surges, a critical issue for Norfolk and other oceanfront communities.

Virginia offshore wind pilot could pave way for larger, less expensive projects

Virginia offshore wind pilot could pave way for larger, less expensive projects

CVOW supporters agree that investing in a pilot project with a higher per-kilowatt-hour cost but lower overall capital expenditures could lead to more rapid development of larger, less expensive offshore wind farms in the Southeast. Indeed, costs have dropped significantly over the last several years mainly due to the scaling up of the industry in Europe and better management of project development risk.

Katherine Collins: Opportunities of coastal offshore wind

Katherine Collins: Opportunities of coastal offshore wind

CVOW represents a unique opportunity to translate these lessons learned into cost-savings for ratepayers, potential opportunities for the Commonwealth’s universities and, ultimately, a full-scale buildout of Virginia’s offshore wind resources. Full buildout will grow the Commonwealth’s economy and diversify its portfolio of electricity generation sources.

Winding Up: Could offshore turbines be the next big breakthrough renewable energy?

Winding Up: Could offshore turbines be the next big breakthrough renewable energy?

Speaking at a conference earlier this year, McClellan said the [Virginia] project “will provide valuable real world data on how turbines withstand hurricanes.” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam believes that offshore wind could support 14,000 jobs in his state and generate power for half a million homes.

Virginia regulators approve Dominion offshore wind petition

Virginia regulators approve Dominion offshore wind petition

The State Corporation Commission has approved two prudency petitions from Dominion Energy Virginia. One petition is related to a 12-MW offshore wind construction project to be located nearly 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.