Virginia  Chapter

OffShore Wind

October 1, 2016- The Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is the first US offshore wind farm. Five Halide 6MW turbines, recently installed by Deepwater Wind, are being commissioned for use. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

Wind Energy off of VA

The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, CVOW, is being built right now by Dominion Energy. While Surfrider Foundation supports offshore wind projects if they are done right, we look at each project on a case by case basis. In order to get ahead of this, Surfrider Foundation has compiled a list of commonly asked questions about offshore wind energy. All of the information provided is objective to avoid any skew or opinion. You can find answers to a robust list of questions about:

  • Approval Process
  • Human Use
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Economic Impacts
  • Engineering

https://vb.surfrider.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/FAQs_CVOW_VA_May2020.pdf

Dominion is partnering with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for this CVOW. A facility will be built at the Marine Terminal in Portsmouth, where they will produce the wind turbine blades. The project in its entirety is expected to bring more than 300 new jobs to the area, the large majority of which will be service jobs.

Virginians have been requesting renewable energy for a long time, which is why the state has turned to this new offshore wind project. The hopes are that those energy needs will be met while also providing a solid boost to the jobs sector. When the project reaches completion, it’s expected to provide enough electricity to power 660,000 homes.

October 1, 2016- The Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is the first US offshore wind farm. Five Halide 6MW turbines, recently installed by Deepwater Wind, are being commissioned for use. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)