Mayor’s Commission on Offshore Wind and Clean Energy to Host European Manufacturers

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Two test turbines Dominion Energy constructed 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach will become part of the largest renewable energy project in the history of the nation. This $8 billion windfarm, Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind, ultimately will have up to 180 turbines that will generate 2,640 megawatts of energy, enough to power up to 660,000 homes. The nature, scope and potential of the project has attracted interest from prospective manufacturing partners and led Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer to establish a Commission on Offshore Wind and Clean Energy. Chaired by Vice Mayor Jim Wood, the commission includes a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including representatives from Dominion Energy, City of Virginia Beach, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Tidewater Community College, and other local and regional partners.

"The Commission has been designed to bring together a diverse group of people who represent the areas we need to maximize the economic, infrastructure and job creation potential of this project," said Wood. "We are beginning with an event in August that will bring 40 European supply chain manufacturing companies here to explore ways they can be a part of this effort."

The commission includes:

  • Jim Wood, Commission Chair, Virginia Beach City Council
  • George Alcaraz, East Coast Surfing Championship
  • Lisa Baehre, Sandler Center Foundation
  • Diana Burke, Virginia Beach Hotel Association
  • Walter Camp, Attorney and Community Volunteer
  • Claudell Clark, Hampton Roads Sports Commission
  • Tim Cole, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Ann Crenshaw, Virginia Beach Vision/Kaufman & Canoles
  • Will Fediw, Virginia Maritime Association
  • Karen Forget, Lynnhaven River Now
  • Laura Habr, Croc's Restaurant
  • Kia Hardy, Ph.D., Tidewater Community College
  • Thomas Leahy, City of Virginia Beach (retired)
  • Harry Lester, business and environmental leader
  • Ashley McLeod, Avangrid
  • Bobby Melatti, IMGoing
  • Craig Moeller, WVEC TV
  • William Murray, Dominion Energy
  • Chris Price, City of Chesapeake
  • Worth Remick, Colliers International
  • Season Roberts, public relations consultant
  • Rear Admiral Charles Rock, United States Navy Mid-Atlantic
  • Joel Rubin, Rubin Communications Group
  • Stacey Shiflet, Virginia Beach Restaurant Association
  • Doug Smith, Hampton Roads Alliance
  • Captain Jennifer Stockwell, United States Coast Guard - Virginia
  • Christina Trapani, Eco Maniac Company
  • Morgan Whayland, Virginia Natural Gas
  • Eileen Woll, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

Virginia Beach is already investing in offshore wind and clean energy. City Council appropriated over a million dollars so Tidewater Community College could purchase equipment to create a special lab for individuals in all southside cities to prepare for jobs in this and other skilled trades. Additionally, City staff has built relationships with supply chain firms, and city engineers are collaborating with Dominion to choose a preferred transmission route with the least impact on the community to bring the electricity to a substation in Chesapeake where it will connect into the nation's electricity grid.

"This Commission will generate programming to raise the visibility of Virginia Beach as a center for the study, development, production and promotion of renewable clean energy," said Wood. "This is a great opportunity for the entire region and we are eager to support this industry by attracting potential partners and businesses looking to invest in the future of this energy resource."  

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