ICYMI: Offshore Wind: A Catalyst For Economic And Environmental Progress In Virginia Beach

In case you missed it, a recent column in the Virginian Pilot by Dr. Joel English highlighted the economic and environmental impact of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.

The offshore wind industry presents an unprecedented opportunity for Virginia Beach to lead the nation in sustainable energy practices, creating a legacy of success for generations to come,” said Dr. English.

Approved in January by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the CVOW project will consist of 176 wind turbines located nearly 30 miles off the coast, providing clean and reliable energy to up to 660,000 Virginia homes. This project is a significant step towards a sustainable energy future and serves as a major economic boon for the commonwealth of Virginia.

“We’ve seen investments in the region rolling in as the project has progressed. Because of the project, the Port of Virginia is already well positioned to become a hub for the industry as shipments have begun to come in for the construction of the wind farm in recent months,” added Dr. English.

During construction and throughout operation, the CVOW project will create more than 2,000 jobs for the region that will contribute more than $82 million in pay and benefits annually. To meet the job demand, local colleges have partnered to establish wind technician training programs, a field training academy and are providing Global Wind Organization certifications.

“The positive effects of offshore wind extend far beyond our workforce and economics,” Dr. English noted. “The environmental benefits of transitioning to renewable energy sources are essential in the fight against climate change. By harnessing the power of the wind, we contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable future for Virginia Beach and beyond.”

Learn more about the CVOW project HERE.

Learn more about offshore wind in Virginia HERE.