DONG has partnered with another US utility company, Dominion Energy, to provide offshore wind energy.
The offshore project will be named Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind and will
consist of two 6MW wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Installation of the wind farm is scheduled to be completed by 2020 and will provide enough power for 500,000 homes. It will be the second offshore wind farm in the country.
Dominion Energy’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, Thomas F. Farrell said, “Virginia is now positioned to be a leader in developing more renewable energy thanks to the Commonwealth’s committed leadership and DONG’s unrivaled expertise in building offshore wind farms. While we have faced many technological challenges and even more doubters as we advanced this project, we have been steadfast in our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve.”
Executive vice president and CEO of Wind Power at DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold said, ”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. 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.”
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said, “Today marks the first step in what I expect to be the deployment of hundreds of wind turbines off Virginia’s coast that will further diversify our energy production portfolio, create thousands of jobs, and reduce carbon emissions in the Commonwealth. Hampton Roads has the ideal port assets and talented workforce to attract and house the offshore wind business supply chain to support not only Virginia’s commercial wind area, but also wind farms under development in Massachusetts, New York, and Maryland. Today’s announcement advances our efforts to build a new Virginia economy that is cleaner, stronger, and more diverse.”