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Virginia Gets Opportunity To Explore Offshore Wind Energy With New Partnership

By Brian Spaen

The United States is still dipping their toes in offshore wind energy. An island off the coast of Rhode Island is the only place that’s installed a commercial farm system. That doesn’t mean various places are not interested. Along with multiple places in the Northeast and in California that are at least working on plans to construct them, Virginia could be joining the pack soon.

Dominion Energy, a utility company in the state, is partnering with Dong Energy to build two offshore wind turbines to test the features out. Dong Energy has constructed more offshore wind farms than any other company, and their capacity will jump up to 6.5 gigawatts worldwide by 2020. Most of the company's work is found in Europe and their headquarters are located in Denmark.

Named the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, Dominion is going to build these turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Each turbine will have a capacity of six megawatts, and if testing is successful, they'll be able to bring in over two gigawatts of renewable energy in the future. The partnership with Dong Energy will put them on the right path to accomplish just that.