First Offshore Wind Energy Farm in Federal Waters Scheduled to Start May 2020
The first U.S. offshore wind energy project on a federal lease is on track to begin construction in May, and its Virginia backers are moving to position the state as a central base for building more off the East Coast. The Port of Virginia announced a lease agreement with wind developer Ørsted to provide 40 acres of area for staging wind turbine components, material, and vessels for offshore construction. The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind will be two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles east of Virginia Beach. The turbines will be built by Ørsted for power provider Dominion Energy.