BOEM: “No Competitive Interest”, Two Test Turbines Clear Another Hurdle

Dominion Virginia Power’s two 12 megawatt test turbines have cleared another federal regulatory hurdle as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) confirmed no competitive interest for the development project. BOEM will More »

Sierra Club Congratulates Dominion on Winning Offshore Wind Bid, Urges Expedited Development

“Sierra Club congratulates Dominion on its offshore wind winning bid today,” said Glen Besa, Director of the Sierra Club in Virginia. “As Virginia’s largest emitter of climate change causing carbon pollution, Dominion More »

Twelve Megawatts of Virginia Offshore Wind on the Grid by 2018

By 2017, Virginia could see two test turbines capable of producing about 12 megawatts of clean renewable energy off its shores – enough to power 3,000 homes.

In December 2012, Dominion Virginia Power More »

Virginia’s Labor Unions Endorse Offshore Wind

Outside the United Steelworkers Local 8888 in Newport News, Virginia’s largest labor unions together announced their support for Virginia offshore wind development. Standing in solidarity with the Newport News shipyards in the More »

Welcome to va4wind!

Harnessing the wind off Virginia’s coast could provide enough energy to power 500,000 homes by the end of this decade. Plus the opportunities for job creation are huge. An aggressive build-out of More »

 

Welcome to va4wind!

Harnessing the wind off Virginia’s coast could provide enough energy to power 500,000 homes by the end of this decade. Plus the opportunities for job creation are huge. An aggressive build-out of offshore wind farms would create over 10,000 well-paying, local, career-length jobs right here in the Commonwealth. With plentiful offshore winds, a deep water port and a skilled and experienced labor force, Virginia could be the east coast capital for America’s new offshore wind industry.

VA4Wind is a coalition uniting public and private interests in pursuing a grassroots campaign to win over massive public support for developing Virginia’s offshore wind resources as quickly as possible. Member groups include the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Green Jobs Alliance and Virginia Interfaith Power & Light. Join us!

BOEM: “No Competitive Interest”, Two Test Turbines Clear Another Hurdle

Dominion Virginia Power’s two 12 megawatt test turbines have cleared another federal regulatory hurdle as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) confirmed no competitive interest for the development project. BOEM will now allow the applicant, Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), to submit a proposal to erect the two test turbines in an area adjacent to Virginia’s commercial wind energy area.

“The type of data that would be collected under this research lease is especially important to understanding the wind potential, weather and other conditions relevant to standing up wind power generation offshore Virginia,” BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau said in a statement.

This announcement comes a handful of months following the commercial lease sale of approximately 113,000 acres off the coast of Virginia Beach to Dominion with its winning bid of $1.6 million.

Dominion is also the lead partner in a coalition of firms comprising the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project. The primary VOWTAP objectives are:

    • To design, develop, and demonstrate a state-of-the art grid-connected 12 megawatt (mw) offshore wind research facility off the coast of Virginia.
    • Employ technology innovations and research that will inform and benefit future commercial scale offshore wind developments in the United States.
    • Develop technologies and process solutions that will contribute to establishing offshore wind as a cost-effective renewable energy solution for the United States.

Sierra Club Congratulates Dominion on Winning Offshore Wind Bid, Urges Expedited Development

“Sierra Club congratulates Dominion on its offshore wind winning bid today,” said Glen Besa, Director of the Sierra Club in Virginia. “As Virginia’s largest emitter of climate change causing carbon pollution, Dominion needs to be pursuing clean energy alternatives.”

Dominion-Virginia Power’s current plans to meet future electricity demand would result in a 50% increase in the carbon pollution over the next 20 years.

“As a monopoly and Virginia’s largest utility, Dominion has a moral obligation as a good corporate citizen to address climate change,” said Besa. “Today’s winning bid is a positive sign that Dominion is starting to move in the right direction. It is critical that Dominion look to wind, solar and energy efficiency as the primary sources to meet our future energy needs.“

Following today’s bidding process, the winner will have 6 months to develop a Site Assessment Plan followed by a five year time frame in which the developer must prepare a Construction and Operations Plan. The winner of today’s bid could be breaking ground on an offshore wind farm before 2020 with full build out of the 2,000 MWs before 2030.

Twelve Megawatts of Virginia Offshore Wind on the Grid by 2018

By 2017, Virginia could see two test turbines capable of producing about 12 megawatts of clean renewable energy off its shores – enough to power 3,000 homes.

In December 2012, Dominion Virginia Power and a number of its partners were awarded $4 million by the Department of Energy for an “Offshore Wind Demonstration Project” involving initial engineering, design and permitting for two offshore test turbines.

“The primary goals of these projects are to achieve large cost reductions over existing offshore wind technologies and develop viable and reliable options for the United States,” said DOE.

Virginia’s Labor Unions Endorse Offshore Wind

Outside the United Steelworkers Local 8888 in Newport News, Virginia’s largest labor unions together announced their support for Virginia offshore wind development. Standing in solidarity with the Newport News shipyards in the background were representatives with the United Steelworkers (USW), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Iron Workers, the Building and Construction Trades Council, and others.

“This is an opportunity to develop thousands of good paying union jobs in Virginia, which would enable our children and our children’s children to raise a family and share in the American dream,” said Bill Harriday, international staff representative for United Steelworkers.

“Our workers stand uniquely-equipped and trained to tackle green energy projects like offshore wind power. We believe our workforce to be one-of-a-kind when it comes to constructing advanced-tech wind turbines,” said Josh Collins, Virginia political and policy director for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA). “We welcome this opportunity to join forces with our allies in VA 4 Wind Coalition to push for long-term sustainable energy solutions that will be a boon to thousands of unemployed workers.”