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Virginia Offshore Wind Studies

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In April 2010 the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC) published its final report, “Virginia Offshore Wind Studies, July 2007 to March 2010.” This report examines the potential for commercial offshore wind in Virginia and recommends a range of activities designed attract substantial long-term investment in an offshore wind supply chain based in Hampton Roads. Such investment would create thousands of new jobs and supply chain participation opportunities in localities throughout the Commonwealth. The publication of the VCERC report is one of numerous milestones that represent incremental progress toward offshore wind in Virginia, examine a comprehensive timeline of offshore wind development in Virginia.

Accelerating Virginia’s Offshore Wind Economic Development

A proposal entitled “Accelerating Virginia’s Offshore Wind Economic Development” was submitted to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) in September 2010 which comprises the following tasks: (i) develop conceptual design and cost estimates for rapidly-installed foundations; (ii) develop a Virginia offshore wind met-ocean and environmental data collection plan; (iii) develop a national offshore wind test center business plan; (iv) develop a national center for wind energy radar impact mitigation business plan; (v) evaluate shared interconnection facilities for Virginia offshore wind projects; (vi) facilitate Virginia offshore wind supply chain investments; and (vii) prepare a Virginia offshore wind workforce development plan. This effort was approved by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and is led by the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute (VT-ARI).These tasks support the broader effort in Virginia – by those active within the industry, government and academic sectors – to advance offshore wind in Virginia and to leverage the economic benefits that will follow.

Offshore Wind Test Site Development Effort

A second proposal entitled “Offshore Wind Test Site Development Effort” was submitted to DMME and was also approved in April 2011. This project complements the broader efforts for offshore wind in Virginia, with the intended outcome that Virginia will be positioned to attract public and/or private sector interest and investment to develop a distributed suite of near-shore and offshore platforms for advanced technology demonstration projects. The work plan for this project is designed to further the mission of the VCERC wind team, to advance the economic viability of offshore wind, and to attract industry, and to align Virginia with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Strategic Work Plan for Creating an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States as established for fiscal years 2011 to 2015. The primary tasks to be completed under this project are: (i) program administration and documentation, project management; (ii) turbine site analysis, permitting, property control, and interconnection; (iii) regulatory permitting preparation; (iv) wind resource and met-ocean design environment characterization; (v) outreach/relations to avian, marine and other key stakeholders; (vi) viewshed analysis and outreach to key stakeholders. This project was also approved by DMME and is being conducted with James Madison University (JMU) as prime contractor.

This web site is designed to serve as the repository for all reports, data, and other resources generated by the studies described above, and to provide all additional links and resources that pertain to offshore wind development in Virginia.

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  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will conduct an Environmental Review of Offshore Wind Activities off the Virginia Coast, public comments due by 14th April 2014, view more details.