RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) – Dominion Energy is partnering with Denmark’s DONG Energy to build two wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach.
Dominion announced Monday the six-megawatt turbines will be built approximately 27 miles off the coast, far enough that they won’t be visible from the shore.
The turbines are expected to power about 3,000 homes and provide operational, weather and environmental experience to open the door to the development of a much larger adjacent site that Dominion says could power half a million homes.
Offshore wind energy is a fledgling industry in the U.S. The nation’s first offshore wind farm opened off Rhode Island in December. Dominion says this project could be the second. The effort has been years in the making, delayed by high-cost estimates.
Lt. Governor Ralph Northam offered the following about the turbines:
“Governor McAuliffe and our administration have worked urgently to reduce our carbon footprint and invest in renewable energy to protect our Commonwealth for generations to come. Today’s announcement of two wind turbines’ construction off the coast of Virginia Beach is a promising step forward. I look forward to seeing the project move forward, and I will continue to advocate for diversifying Virginia’s energy economy in the years to come.”
Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie also offered a statement on the turbines:
“These new turbines are further proof that renewable energy is becoming increasingly reliable and affordable, and as governor, I’ll work to expand the production of all safe, reliable and affordable sources of energy in Virginia.”
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