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RENEABLE ENERGY - VIRGINIA-POISED-TO-BECOME-LEADER-IN-SOLAR-ENERGY

 

Renewable Energy

 

VIRGINIA IS POISED TO BECOME A NATIONAL LEADER IN RENEWABLE ENERGY. GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM JUST SIGNED LANDMARK OFFSHORE WIND LEGISLATION. THE PROJECT BEING CONSTRUCTED OFF THE COAST OF VIRGINIA BEACH IS EXPECTED TO POWER HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMES. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S AESIA TOLIVER TOURED THE FACILITY – AND HAS MORE FROM THE GOVERNOR ON WHAT HE CALLS A STEP FORWARD FOR OUR ECONOMY AND PLANET. (AESIA TOLIVER) WE SPENT OVER 5 HOURS ON THE BOAT AS THE OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT IS MORE THAN 25 MILES OFF THE COAST.

EACH TURBINE STANDS TALLER THAN THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT, WITH ABOUT 80 FEET UNDER WATER. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT TO BE INSTALLED IN FEDERAL WATERS. THE PROJECT IS THE LARGEST IN NORTH AMERICA WITH A PROJECTED GOAL PROVIDING UP TO 2,600 MEGAWATTS OF CLEAN ENERGY BY 2026, WHICH IS ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER NEARLY 650,000 HOMES. THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE DOMINION ENERGY WITH VALUABLE PERMITTING, DESIGN, INSTALLATION, AND OPERATIONS EXPERIENCE. RSTED ” A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY ” IS THE DEVELOPER.

ROBERT BLUE DOMINION EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CO-CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER “WITH THE HELP OF ORSTED AND THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION WE ARE TAKING ACTIONS THAT WILL HELP BUILD A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR US ALL” BEFORE THE BOAT TRIP, GOVERNOR NORTHAM AND OTHER LEGISLATORS SPOKE ABOUT THE MOMENTOUS DAY.

NORTHAM SIGNED 3 HOUSE BILLS AT THE EVENT, ONE OF WHICH WAS PUSHED FORWARD BY SENATOR LOUISE LUCAS. SENATOR LOUISE LUCAS “THIS IS WHAT ALL OF US GO THROUGH LEGISLATOR TO DO IS TO MAKE SURE WE DO THINGS IN TERMS OF PROVIDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PROVIDING JOBS, AND OF COURSE IT’S AN ABSOLUTE MARVELOUS DAY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, LETS GIVE IT UP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! THE SIGNED LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES A TARGET FOR VIRGINIA TO GENERATE 5,200 MEGAWATTS OF OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY BY 2034, PROVIDING A PATH FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AT LEAST TWO OFFSHORE WIND PROJECTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY PLANNED TO INTERCONNECT INTO VIRGINIA. THE GOVERNOR ALSO SIGNED A BILL THAT CREATES VIRGINIA”S FIRST OFFICE OF OFFSHORE WIND WITHIN THE DMME.

THIS OFFICE WILL DRIVE STATEWIDE POLICY TO SUPPORT SOLAR, RENEWABLE ENERGY, OFFSHORE WIND, WORK WITH STAKEHOLDERS, AND COORDINATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP THE OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY. GOVERNOR NORTHAM “THIS IS JUST AN EXCITING DAY FOR VIRGINIA, IT’S ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT IT’S ABOUT OUR ECONOMY IT’S ABOUT BRINGING UP TO 14,000 NEW JOBS HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS.” THESE TWO TURBINES ALONE ARE PROJECTED TO PROVIDE ENOUGH CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY TO POWER 3,000 VIRGINIA HOMES BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

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