National Clean Energy Week: Offshore Wind Is Paving The Way For A Clean Energy Future
By Virginians for Offshore Wind
Today marks the beginning of National Clean Energy Week. This week is about celebrating the advancements of the clean energy sector and its economic and environmental benefits.
Having a diverse, clean energy portfolio is critical to the creating a sustainable future, reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment, and offshore wind plays a key role.
The United States has always been at the forefront of innovation, and by continually tapping into that spirit of innovation and leveraging clean energy technologies – including offshore wind – the Commonwealth of Virginia is positioned to serve as a leader in the renewable energy industry for years to come.
While the offshore wind industry is still relatively new, Virginia has already elevated itself through the construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project. By utilizing wind power, the CVOW project is expected to produce more than 8 million megawatts of clean energy, which will help reduce nearly 5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The project will also provide power to approximately 660,000 Virginia households, promoting renewable energy’s successes and a cleaner future. Upon its completion, the CVOW project will serve as an essential resource for sustainable, clean energy for the entire Commonwealth.
Beyond the environmental benefits, offshore wind also fosters substantial economic benefits for the Commonwealth. Renewable energy is revolutionizing state and local economies as Virginia emerges as the East Coast hub for offshore wind. This development is luring new businesses, creating new job opportunities, and driving more economic growth. Offshore wind advancement and clean energy innovations truly are transforming our future and are critical to creating a long-lasting positive impact.
As we celebrate the many achievements made during National Clean Energy Week, we know that there is more work to be done. By continuing to advance offshore wind initiatives, we can help lay the groundwork needed to achieve a clean energy future.