James Madison University

Offshore Wind Test Site

Development Effort

This project was approved and funded by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy in April 2011 with James Madison University and prime contractors. Some of the major partners involved with this project were Timmons Group, Weatherflow, Principle Advantage and Old Dominion University.

The project deliverables were designed to complement to broader efforts for offshore wind in Virginia, with the intended outcome that Virginia will be positioned to attract public and/or private 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 Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC) team
  • To advance the economic viability of offshore wind
  • To attract industry
  • To align Virginia with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Strategic Work Plan for Creating an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States (2011-2015)

The primary tasks that were completed under this project were:

  • Program administration. Documentation and project management
  • Turbine site analysis, permitting, property control, and interconnection
  • Regulatory permitting preparation
  • Wind resource and met-ocean design environment characterization
  • Outreach/relations to avian, marine and other key stakeholders
  • Viewshed analysis and outreach to key stakeholders

Virginia Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Site Development DRAFT Final Report