Workforce Development

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.

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.

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.

Offshore wind training center could anchor Virginia’s workforce efforts

Offshore wind training center could anchor Virginia’s workforce efforts

Retired Navy Seal and entrepreneur Scott Chierepko is aiming to construct a premier safety training facility for workers charged with installing and maintaining turbines destined for the East Coast — and beyond.

First turbines in federal waters? Va.'s on the way

First turbines in federal waters? Va.'s on the way

The pressure to make the turbines happen isn't just coming from the Legislature — it's also coming from the Democratic governor, Ralph Northam. A reworked energy master plan published by his administration's energy officials this month calls for the state to install 2 GW of offshore wind over a decade.

Governor: Virginia could lead nation on offshore wind power

Governor: Virginia could lead nation on offshore wind power

Northam cited Virginia’s location and deep expertise in shipbuilding and other trades as reasons why it could also support manufacturing. He added that 14,000 jobs could ultimately support the industry in Virginia. Northam said Virginia “has a clear opportunity to act as a change agent in driving the development of U.S. offshore wind.”

Bryan Stephens: Offshore wind is good for the country and Hampton Roads

Bryan Stephens: Offshore wind is good for the country and Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads businesses and our economy will benefit tremendously from offshore wind. Thousands of jobs will be created in industries like manufacturing, construction, maintenance and logistics. Additionally, offshore wind will inject millions of dollars in local communities that will help create healthier, more prosperous communities. This can be a significant step forward for our region.

Virginia primed for offshore wind top spot

Virginia primed for offshore wind top spot

Virginia’s unique infrastructure and geographical advantages are key to developing 2GW of offshore wind by 2028 and turning the Commonwealth into a national leader in the growing US offshore wind industry during the next decade, according to a new report released by BVG Associates.

Virginia hosts workforce, economic development experts for offshore wind discussion

Virginia hosts workforce, economic development experts for offshore wind discussion

The Virginia Offshore Wind Team hosted concurrent policy discussions on workforce development and business incentives as part of BVG Associates’ work on the Commonwealth’s supply chain and service industry analysis.

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 announces consultant to make Virginia a leader in offshore wind power

Governor announces consultant to make Virginia a leader in offshore wind power

Virginia’s foray into offshore wind power got a lift Wednesday when Gov. Ralph Northam announced international energy consultant BVG Associates was hired to leverage the state as a coastal leader for the industry. And BVG’s Advisory Director Andy Geissbuehler wasted no time in getting to work.

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.

Public input sought on offshore wind energy in Virginia

Public input sought on offshore wind energy in Virginia

“Our [consultant] selection will assist Virginia in its aggressive pursuit of offshore wind supply chain and service industry business interests,” said John Warren, director of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, in a statement Monday. “We are excited to work with a team of experts with global experience on this long-term economic development opportunity.”

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.