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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Dominion moves ahead with plan to build a pair of wind turbines off the Virginia coast

Dominion moves ahead with plan to build a pair of wind turbines off the Virginia coast

Dominion Energy Virginia is about to map uncharted waters with a $300 million project to research the use of wind power off Virginia’s Atlantic coast to generate electricity for millions of homes and businesses in the state. “This is an important first step we know will lead us on a much longer journey,” Dominion CEO Thomas F. Farrell II said in a ceremony at the Nauticus museum Friday.

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.

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.”

Port of Virginia dredging project moving forward

Port of Virginia dredging project moving forward

The 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. A channel that is equipped to handle two-way vessel traffic increases the pace of commerce and makes way for the expeditious movement of Navy vessels in a time of need.

Does Virginia have the pieces in place for an offshore wind boom?

Does Virginia have the pieces in place for an offshore wind boom?

“Virginia has great assets,” [Business Network for Offshore Wind executive director Liz] Burdock said, adding that she could envision the Hampton Roads area evolving into a hub for fabricating steel turbine foundations. Her nonprofit, founded in 2012, focuses on beefing up the U.S. supply chain up and down the East Coast.

Virginia budget includes $350 million for Norfolk port-deepening project

Virginia budget includes $350 million for Norfolk port-deepening project

The budget about to be signed by Gov. Ralph Northam includes $350 million to kick-start a major dredging project in the shipping channel. If the project goes forward, shipping channels in the port of Hampton Roads will go from 50 feet to 55 feet in some places, surpassing Los Angeles, the busiest port in the nation. A Northam spokeswoman said the expansion would increase the port’s capacity by 40 percent or, put another way, 1 million more containers.

Virginia seeks proposals for offshore wind development plans

Virginia seeks proposals for offshore wind development plans

Gov. Ralph Northam announced May 22 the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy was looking for proposals. Hampton Roads – with its port infrastructure and workforce – was touted by Northam as an ideal location for wind energy. “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,” Northam said in the release.

Dominion offshore wind project in Virginia is back on track

Dominion offshore wind project in Virginia is back on track

Dominion Energy is reviving plans for an offshore wind energy project 27 miles east of Virginia Beach in a move it hopes will set the stage to make the Hampton Roads region a national leader in a still-developing technology. The company hopes to have two wind turbines — “taller than the Washington Monument” as CEO chief executive Tom Farrell put it — online by the end of 2020.

Dominion announces plan to revive offshore wind project near Virginia Beach

Dominion announces plan to revive offshore wind project near Virginia Beach

Visions of hundreds of wind turbines off the Virginia Beach coastline once again danced through the heads of politicians and business leaders after Dominion Energy on Monday announced a partnership with a Danish company that’s the world leader in offshore wind development.