Hampton Roads Chamber Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, Ira Agricola, was present for the exciting announcement of our strategic partner Dominion Energy today. Dominion Energy announced it's moving forward on the mid-Atlantic's first offshore wind project in a federal lease area today. Dominion Energy signed an agreement and strategic partnership with DONG Energy of Denmark, a global leader in offshore wind development, to build two 6-megawatt turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach.
According to the company's news release, engineering and development work on the newly named Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project is expected to begin immediately by DONG Energy to support the targeted installation by the end of 2020. The timing for construction depends on many factors such as weather and protected species migration patterns.
The project is an important first step toward offshore wind development for Virginia and the United States. It would be only the second offshore wind project in the nation and the first owned by an electric utility company. Along with clean energy, it will provide Dominion Energy with valuable experience in managing offshore wind resources.
"DONG Energy is the energy supplier in Europe that has come the farthest in the transition to renewable energy, and we are excited to bring our expertise to America," said Samuel Leupold, executive vice president and CEO of Wind Power at DONG Energy. "This project will provide us vital experience in constructing an offshore wind project in the United States and serve as a stepping stone to a larger commercial-scale partnership between our companies in the future. We see the tremendous potential in the Mid-Atlantic for emission-free, renewable wind generation and we are excited to help the Commonwealth in reaping the benefits of wind power."
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(Pictured here from left to right: Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck, Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, Samuel Leupold, DONG Energy, EVP, Representative Bobby Scott, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Thomas Ferrell, Dominion Energy CEO, Shawn Tibbetts, Port of Virginia, COO, Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe.)