Vol. 14
September 15, 2021
Hampton Roads Alliance and Partners Hold Successful VIP Weekend for Offshore Wind Industry Leaders
The end of August and early September capped a busy and productive period for the Hampton Roads Alliance’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain Development Program. Over two weeks, the Alliance hosted a multi-day visit to the region from sixteen offshore wind companies, attended the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s International Partnering Forum in Richmond, VA, and gained three new members of the Virginia Offshore Wind Landing.
Dominion Energy and Port of Va. reach lease agreement for offshore wind project
Dominion Energy will use a 72-acre portion of the 287-acre Portsmouth Marine Terminal, one of the Port of Virginia’s two multiuse terminals in the Norfolk Harbor, as a staging and pre-assembly area for the foundations and 800-foot wind turbines that will be installed in its offshore wind project.
Governor Northam congratulates offshore wind conference participants, domestic and international partners as Virginia positions itself to become a national leader in the offshore wind industry
Governor Ralph Northam congratulates the Business Network for Offshore Wind and participants at its International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum, a three-day global conference held in Virginia’s capital city with more than 1,300 attendees. The conference marked the culmination of months-long efforts between the Commonwealth and many international and domestic partners across the public and private sectors to position Virginia as a national leader in the offshore wind industry. Over 620 companies from the U.S. and overseas were represented at the conference.
Signature of an agreement between the Basque Country and the State of Virginia for the development and implementation of renewable energies
Basque Minister Arantxa Tapia and Brian Ball, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, signed a key commitment to enable Basque companies to participate in the main wind energy projects in Virginia. The Basque wind energy industrial core is composed of more than 100 companies, generating more than 34,500 jobs, with a global turnover of more than €15.7 billion.
Global Wind Organisation says U.S. needs to train 25,000 offshore wind workers in the next five years
With 9.1 GW of offshore wind planned to be installed by 2025, over 25,000 people will require entry-level standard training to fill jobs in the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance segments of the wind power value chain. Jobs in procurement, manufacturing and transport are not covered with this plan, according to Global Wind Organisation.
DOE Releases New Reports Highlighting Record Growth and Declining Costs of Wind Power
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released three reports showing record growth in land-based wind energy, significant expansion of the pipeline for offshore wind projects, and continued decline in the cost of wind energy generation – laying the groundwork for significant future gains as the Biden Administration pursues rapid acceleration of renewable energy deployment to reach its goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.
Upcoming Events
September CVOW Friday Forum
Sign up now for September's Friday Forum, happening September 17th at 9:00AM! Hear from Dominion Energy leadership about important progress made on the development of the CVOW project. Also, gain insights about Virginia’s position in the offshore wind industry from the recent Business Network for Offshore Wind International Partnering Forum held in Richmond, VA.
September 22
10 a.m. EST
Free Webinar: How To Get Started in the Offshore Wind Supply Chain
Learn more about navigating the supply chain, the importance of this emerging industry, and how to get started -  from the experts that support and depend on suppliers just like you. 

The event is free, but registration is required. This webinar is produced in partnership with the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and DNV as part of the project, 30 GW by 2030: Supply Chain Roadmap for Offshore Wind in the U.S.