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Commonwealth Breaks Ground on Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Demonstration Project

Commonwealth Breaks Ground on Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Demonstration Project

Governor Northam announced the start of construction of the Coastal Virginia Ofshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project, consisting of two six-megawatt wind turbines located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

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.”

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.

Governor Ralph Northam unveils 2018 Virginia Energy Plan

Governor Ralph Northam unveils 2018 Virginia Energy Plan

Governor Ralph Northam released the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan, which provides a strategic vision for the Commonwealth’s energy policy over the next 10 years. With a focus on modernizing the electric grid and promoting innovative technologies, the plan sets goals for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles.

Governor Northam announces Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority appointments

Governor Northam announces Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority appointments

Governor Northam announced Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority appointments, including new members: Hayes Framme of Ørsted, Laura McKay of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and Mark Mitchell of Dominion Energy. Governor Northam also reappointed Phil Green of Green Powered Technology LLC.

Governor Northam announces $2 million in grants for new youth training and employment initiative

Governor Northam announces $2 million in grants for new youth training and employment initiative

“The well-paying jobs of the 21st century are in what we call ‘new collar’ sectors—those that require skills, but not necessarily a four-year college degree. In order for our Commonwealth to maintain a highly-skilled, attractive workforce we need to make sure that every student has the opportunity to create a successful future,” said Governor Northam. “With this initiative we will help prepare young Virginians with the skills and training that employers are looking for and provide critical support to our youth as they start to build careers.”

Governor Northam announces Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind demonstration project

Governor Northam announces Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind demonstration project

“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 Governor Ralph 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.”

Virginia selects globally recognized team to support offshore wind industry development

Virginia selects globally recognized team to support offshore wind industry development

“It’s time for Virginia to take significant steps forward to secure our clean energy future, and I look forward to working with BVG Associates to establish Virginia as the prime location for the offshore wind industry, from the supply chain to the full build-out of Virginia’s offshore wind resources,” said Governor Ralph Northam.

Governor Northam announces “Build Virginia” to bolster workforce development system across the Commonwealth

Governor Northam announces “Build Virginia” to bolster workforce development system across the Commonwealth

Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of Build Virginia, an initiative that will connect workers throughout the Commonwealth with training and employment opportunities in the skilled trades. This effort will initially focus on helping jobseekers and employers in Virginia’s shipbuilding industry, but will ultimately include resources relating to other growing industries including construction and advanced manufacturing.

The Commonwealth of Virginia issues a request for proposals to support offshore wind industry development

The Commonwealth of Virginia issues a request for proposals to support offshore wind industry development

“This is the start of a 50-year industry that will stretch up and down the East Coast. From a logistics standpoint, locating the offshore wind supply-chain in Virginia just makes sense,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball.