Hampton Roads is going to be a wind capital – Virginia Mercury

By Catherine Collins

Since the enactment of the Virginia Free Economy Act, Virginia With the planned 5,200 megawatts of coastal wind by 2035, it is on track to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. He is one of the nation’s leading leaders in economic development and manpower training programs across the country.

Virginia will forever demand the first beach wind project in the United States federal waters. The 12-megawatt offshore Virginia coast wind project, just 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, is just the beginning of the Commonwealth Coast wind industry. With a 188 turbine business project in its works, the state is already benefiting from increased commercial demand in the state. Industrial giant Siemens Gemsa is actively considering the $ 200 million bulletin board, which will create 750 jobs. Such investments are not accidental. Companies are looking for accessible ports and a constant demand for their products – both provide shared resources.

The 5,200 megawatts of wind power under the VCAA ensures that many jobs are on the horizon: An estimated 5,200 direct and indirect jobs per gigabyte of wind development each year. Thanks to planned input in the VCEA, coastal wind developers, including Dominican, are giving priority to employing vulnerable communities, veterans and individuals.

In response to calls for thousands of new jobs, the Central Atlantic Wind Training Alliance, founded by Gol Ralph Nortam in October 2020, will provide courses and training to the next generation of wind power workers. The coalition includes the New College Institute, the Atlantic Mid-Atlantic Academy and the Centra College, all of which are full-fledged wind-based training. According to Chumura analysts, time is of the essence.

Even with these staggering figures, Virginia is on the rise. Construction is estimated to cost $ 143 million annually. The project is online and is estimated to generate $ 210 million annually for the project’s life and maintenance. Each 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind farms generates $ 18 million in tax revenue.

VCA has created a unique opportunity to highlight a wide range of businesses to be part of the state’s coastal wind development. The CVOW project connects vendors, subcontractors and suppliers in Virginia with business opportunities. He opened a joint venture for the marine and marine industry industries for further industrial cooperation and offshore wind, the Hampton Roads Alliance will soon connect and renovate.

As development continues and more job and business opportunities are created, the common good will reap the benefits. Coastal and coastal wind projects are creating new jobs, boosting local economies, and energizing our state with energy-free energy. Thanks to VCA, Hampton Roads is well on its way to becoming a wind power capital in the United States.

Katherine Collins is president of the Southeast Wind Coalition.

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